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New Round Of Talks To Restore Power-Sharing In NI To Begin

NI Secretary of State James Brokenshire has confirmed that a new round of discussions to form a power-sharing Executive will begin next week.

Mr Brokenshire was in Dublin for meetings with the Irish Government.

He said that it is "for the political parties to find a way of making it work".
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He said: "Urgent progress is required. The lack of an Executive making key decisions on matters including health and education means that public services in Northern Ireland are suffering. We need to find a way forward that will allow an Executive to be formed.

"We must ensure that politicians locally are working together to strengthen the economy, to deal with the challenges and opportunities of EU Exit, and build a stronger, shared society based on respect for everyone. Ultimately, it is for Northern Ireland's political parties to find a way to make this work."


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