What impact will Scotland's vote to remain part of the United Kingdom have on Northern Ireland?

The fallout from the Scottish referendum has made life for Northern Ireland's politicians more challenging. More control over fiscal policies may be devolved to the administrations in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales but the Stormont Executive is already struggling to agree on how to use its existing powers.

Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan comments on the relationships that exist within the United Kingdom. 

There is going to be far-reaching change between England and Scotland, England and Wales, England and Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland currently receives more in per capita transfers from Westminster than any other region of the United Kingdom. However, the administration led by Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness is struggling to agree on how this should be distributed. There is also the possibility of more power and responsibility being devolved from Westminster to Stormont. 

Martin McGuinness believes they need to look at what extra powers would actually benefit the people that they represent. However Peter Robinson believes there is no point in giving the executive more fiscal powers if they are not capable of making difficult decisions with the power they already have. 

After yesterday, life has got a lot more complicated for David Cameron. Northern Ireland is just one item in what's now a very full in-tray.


An RTÉ News report broadcast on 19 September 2014. The reporter is Tommie Gorman.