The UK Government has announced negotiations to restore power-sharing in Northern Ireland will be allowed to extend until Monday, despite Stormont parties missing Thursday’s statutory deadline to reach agreement.
A Downing Street spokeswoman said the passing of Thursday's 4pm deadline "does not mean the efforts to restore the executive are ending".
"We are now allowing the parties space to continue the discussions," she said.
Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire will make a statement to the House of Commons on Monday outlining the Government's intentions going forward.
Prime Minister Theresa May has met with the leaders of the DUP and Sinn Féin in an attempt to revive efforts to get Stormont up and running.
An emergency move to ensure funding for vital public services in NI does not run out has cleared its final parliamentary hurdle.
Prime Minister Theresa May has urged the DUP and Sinn Féin to “bridge the gaps” on outstanding issues fuelling NI's political stalemate.