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Sinn Féin have said they will re-enter devolved government in Northern Ireland

Friday, 10 January 2020 5:47 PM  [ Last Update: Friday, 10 January 2020 6:14 PM ]

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Seat of Irish Parliament, Stormont

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) had earlier also given tentative its support to a draft deal to restore Stormont’s political institutions.

The British and Irish governments published the draft proposals on Thursday, after nine months of talks.

Stormont’s power-sharing coalition, led by the DUP and Sinn Féin, collapsed in January 2017 over a green energy row.

Sinn Féin President, Mary Lou McDonald, said the party will nominate ministers to an executive.

She said her party was up for a return to “genuine power sharing”.

“I believe power sharing can work but that requires everyone to step up.”

“We need to have an inclusive executive.”

Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald (C) 

The Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Julian Smith, had asked the Stormont speaker, Robin Newton, to arrange an urgent meeting of the assembly for Friday.

However, on Friday morning, Mr Newton said the Northern Ireland Assembly will only be recalled if the political parties agree on a potential deal to restore power sharing.

Mary Lou McDonald did not comment on the timing of the assembly meeting.

She said there is also not yet a time or date for the executive to meet – but she wanted it to happen as soon as possible.

Source: The Guardian



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