Talks To Restore Power-Sharing Executive To Continue

Talks To Restore Power-Sharing Executive To Continue

"We should take care that everything we do does not exaggerate the underlying differences that are still there in the Northern Ireland community". "So their tactics will be more about embarrassing the government - highlighting issues with the DUP and Northern Ireland, for example".

Ahead of the talks in Belfast today, Sinn Féin has already accused the DUP of betraying the interests of Northern Ireland by agreeing to prop up a minority government.

LONDON, June 13 There are no outstanding issues between British Prime Minister Theresa May and Northern Ireland's DUP, and a deal to support May's government has been largely agreed, the BBC reported on Tuesday, citing unidentified sources.

Sinn Féin's leader Michelle O'Neill has said she is ready to resume negotiations on Monday with the aim of restoring devolved government in Northern Ireland after this "watershed election".

They are adamant the United Kingdom government can no longer cast itself as a neutral facilitator in the process, given the Prime Minister's likely deal with the DUP.

"The focus has to be on plan A, which is to get the institutions in place, that is our focus and we would like to think it will be the focus of the incoming Taoiseach", he said.

Before entering the talks Mr Adams held a press conference with the party's seven MPs by his side.

The dispute has prompted renewed calls for a chairman from outside the United Kingdom and Ireland to be appointed.

A failure to gain support from the Northern Irish party would risk the Queen's Speech being voted down next week, and Jeremy Corbyn has said Labour will be pushing hard for that outcome.

Patrick Corrigan, Northern Ireland programme director of Amnesty International, said: "There is now a very clear majority within the Northern Ireland Assembly in favour of marriage equality".

Speaking straight after a meeting with DUP leader Arlene Foster, the Prime Minister praised the increased diversity in the chamber, noting the record number of LGB MPs as well as the record number of BME MPs, disabled MPs and female MPs.

"If James Brokenshire thinks for one second he can be an independent chair of these talks he is absolutely wrong", he said.

Sinn Fein has also claimed that a Tory-DUP alliance could damage powersharing talks in Northern Ireland, which has been without an executive since March and without a first and deputy first minister since January.

A major question mark hangs over the talks as a result of developments at Westminster.

It is equally if not more vital to remember that the peace process is just that - a process, ongoing and by no means complete - a process which your Government are co-guarantors of via the Good Friday Agreement. We want to lead our team into the executive.

He added: "we look forward to this parliament, however short it may be", referring to speculation that the government would have to call an election long before its five-year term is up.