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Talks To Restore Power-Sharing At Stormont Get Underway Again Today


The Tánaiste will today head up Irish Government efforts to restore power-sharing in the North - almost three years after it was dissolved.

Simon Coveney will co-chair all-party talks alongside the Northern Secretary of State Julian Smith.

DUP leader Arlene Foster during an interview waiting for the arrival of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Stormont House in Belfast | Image: Liam McBurney/PA Wire/PA Images

Both the Irish and British governments say a potential deal is close and must be reached by January 13th or else a fresh election will be called.

Northern Ireland has not had Government for three years now," said Tánaiste Simon Coveney ahead of today's meeting.

"We've been working on this for many months. I believe with the two Governments working together and working with all the parties in Northern Ireland can find a basis in the next few days to get devolved institutions back up and running again in Northern Ireland.

The Sinn Féin leadership Stormont The Sinn Féin leadership following Stormont talks, 15-02-2019. Image: David Young/PA Wire/PA Images

"To ensure the functions of the Good Friday Agreement are working again."

The Tánaiste Simon Coveney spent New Years Day in Belfast along with the UK's Northern Irish Secretary to get preparations in order for today's meeting.



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