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Taoiseach to meet SF and SDLP delegations in Dublin

The Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, is due to meet delegations from Sinn Fein and the SDLP in Dublin today as part of preparations for this week's multi-party talks in Scotland.

The talks at St Andrew's have been arranged in an effort to get the parties to negotiate a deal on restoring power-sharing before the November 24th deadline.

The prospects for agreement remain unclear, with the DUP still insisting Sinn Fein is unfit for government.

The Irish and British Governments say the latest independent assessment that the IRA is living up to its commitment to end violence lays the basis for a final settlement of the conflict in the North.

However, the DUP says it still has concerns about criminality by individual IRA members.

It also says Sinn Fein's refusal to back the PSNI shows it does not support the rule of law.

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