Stormont talks to restore power-sharing

Political parties have been given until Monday by the British Government to try and reach agreement after they failed to meet Thursday's deadline to strike a deal to restore a power-sharing government in Northern Ireland.

The DUP and Sinn Féin have remained at loggerheads over key issues like introducing an Irish Language Act and same-sex marriage.

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Stormont talks extended until Monday

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.

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