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Nationalists refuse to back Stormont suspension

Political collapse in Northern Ireland may have come a step closer after all parties rejected the Democratic Unionists' proposal to adjourn power-sharing.

The nationalist Sinn Fein and the Social Democratic and Labour Party were the latest to say no to the DUP's request at Stormont.

Power-sharing at Stormont is under increasing pressure Credit: PA Wire

Unlike others in the political system who have rushed to judgement we have been steady and spoken to everyone interested in the current crisis, including the Irish Government this morning. Our decision is to oppose the adjournment because it is not a solution.

– SDLP leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell

First Minister Peter Robinson has said his ministers will resign - forcing the fall of power sharing in the Northern Ireland Assembly - if a crunch meeting of the parties this afternoon does not agree to adjournment or the British Government does not suspend them.

It follows a murder linked to members of the IRA which has rocked the political institutions.


Peter Robinson: 'Business will not be as usual' in NI

There will be no further meetings of Northern Ireland's power-sharing executive - unless there are "exceptional" circumstances - amid a political crisis over the alleged shooting of a man by the Provisional IRA.

Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson has said "business will not be as usual" until the situation is resolved "satisfactorily".

Father-of-nine Kevin McGuigan was shot outside his home in Belfast, last month, in what is believed to be a revenge attack.

Kevin McGuigan was shot at point blank range in what is thought to be a revenge attack. Credit: PA

Mr Robinson added: "In my view the Assembly is not fit for purpose as it stands today.

"Leaving aside the issue of the Kevin McGuigan murder it still wasn't fit for purpose. So, those issues have to be resolved.

"Unless those issues are resolved we will not have a functioning Assembly and we made it very clear without a resolution to these matters in the talks process our ministers' resignations will follow."

Crisis talks led by the British and Irish governments are due to begin at Stormont on Tuesday.

'No further' NI executive meetings amid crisis over IRA

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson Credit: PA

Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson has said there will be "no further" meetings of its power-sharing executive until the political crisis over the IRA is resolved.

The Democratic Unionists had failed in a bid for a four-week adjournment of the Assembly after police said members of the Provisional IRA shot a man dead in East Belfast.

But Mr Robinson said it could not be business as usual as members return from their summer break today.


UUP leaders agree to withdraw from NI government

Leaders approve the withdrawal of the party from the power-sharing government. Credit: PA wire

Senior members of the Ulster Unionist Party have voted to withdraw from Northern Ireland's power-sharing government over claims the Provisional IRA (PIRA) still exists.

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt proposed the exit in response to a police assessment that structures of the supposedly defunct paramilitary organisation remain in place and some of its members were involved in a recent Belfast murder.

The UUP's ruling executive approved Mr Nesbitt's recommendation at a meeting in an east Belfast hotel.

Mr Nesbitt has said the revelations about the IRA have shattered trust in Sinn Fein and the UUP can no longer work in coalition with the republican party.

The move will not cause a collapse of the administration but will pressure the Democratic Unionists, the largest party in the coalition, to follow suit.

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