Fresh round of talks to restore power-sharing

A fresh round of talks to restore Northern Ireland's power-sharing institutions gets underway involving the main parties.

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Stormont talks paused until after General Election

Talks to restore power-sharing at Stormont have been paused until after the General Election.

The decision was made following roundtable discussions involving the main political parties, UK and Irish Governments on Thursday.

Talks will resume following the election, leaving three weeks to form an Executive before the 29 June deadline.

Secretary of State James Brokenshire confirmed: “Over the past seven weeks all the main parties have been engaged in discussions and some progress has been made, including on the development of a Programme for Government and on legacy. There are, however, a number of outstanding issues.

“All the parties involved recognise it is vital devolved government, and all of the institutions established under the Belfast Agreement and its successors, resumes in Northern Ireland as soon as possible.

“Although formal roundtable talks are paused until after the General Election, a range of bilateral discussions will continue, with a view to building on progress.”

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