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PM and Taoiseach in NI amid hopes of Stormont deal

Talks are continuing at Stormont in a bid to restore power-sharing in NI. Credit: Presseye

Prime Minister Theresa May and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar are in Belfast amid growing speculation of a power-sharing deal later this week.

The 13-month political stalemate between the DUP and Sinn Féin has a number of key issues at its heart – including the Irish language, dealing with the past, and same-sex marriage.

Sinn Féin demands for an Irish Language Act have proved to be a particular sticking point, leading to speculation three pieces of legislation - an Irish Language Act, an Ulster Scots Act and a broader Culture Act - could be developed as a means to satisfy both sides.

The two main parties have acknowledged that progress has been made.

However, a DUP source has played down expectations of a deal being finalised on Monday.

If an agreement is struck, Downing Street has said the Government is ready to introduce legislation to enable the re-establishment of a devolved executive as soon as possible.

Before heading to Stormont, the Prime Minister also paid a visit to Bombardier to meet workers at the east Belfast factory in the wake of the company’s trade battle victory with Boeing in the US.

Mrs May was given a tour of the plant, where the wings of the Canadian manufacturer’s C Series jet are built.