22/05/2018

Karen Bradley Urged To Restart Political Talks

Northern Ireland's Secretary of State Karen Bradley has been urged to restart political talks to restore devolution.

MPs from the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee made the call after parties failed to make an agreement earlier this year.

Committee chairman Dr Andrew Murrison said: "Karen Bradley is right to make restoring powersharing devolved government in Stormont her first priority.
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"However, while the political impasse continues the list of policy obstructions and project delays grows and becomes more serious."

(CD/MH)


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