28/06/2017

Crucial Talks To Restore Power Sharing In NI To Continue

Crucial talks to restore power sharing in Northern Ireland are set to continue today, 28 June.

Political parties must reach an agreement before 4pm tomorrow or face the prospect of direct rule.

Sinn Fein accused the DUP of not moving on from "basic rights".

MLA Declan Kearney said: "They haven't moved on ending the denial of rights to Irish speakers.

"They haven't moved on ending the denial of rights to the LGBT community.

"They haven't moved on honouring the commitment to a Bill of Rights.

"Those are the issues, compounded by the RHI scandal, which caused the collapse of power-sharing.
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"We need to see substantive progress on all of these if there is to be an agreement and a credible Executive put in place."

NI's Secreatary of State James Brokenshire urged the parties to overcome their outstanding differences.

He said: "With political will - and some courage - effective government in Northern Ireland can be restored by the end of the week. If the parties focus on this common sense of purpose, for the benefit of all communities, this can be achieved.

"I know that is what the vast majority of people here voted for and what they are hoping their political representatives can deliver."

(CD)

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