Martin McGuinness resigns as deputy First Minister

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness has tendered his resignation as deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland over the RHI scandal.

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Secretary of State ‘will work with parties’ to find way forward

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire.

Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire has said has said he will work with political parties to find a way forward following Martin McGuinness’ resignation as deputy First Minister.

“The UK Government has a primary role in providing political stability in Northern Ireland and we will do all that we can to help the parties find a resolution in the coming days,” he said.

“There is a clear process set out regarding what happens next. Unless Sinn Féin nominates a replacement to the position of deputy First Minister within the next seven days, it is incumbent upon me to call an Assembly election within a reasonable period.

“I would urge Northern Ireland’s political leaders to take the necessary steps to work together to find a way forward and I will work with all parties and the Irish government to this end.”

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