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Pint of Foster's? Petition calls for Stormont to become pub

Given the current political stalemate a petition has been launched with the novel idea to turn Stormont into a pub.

With the corridors of power on the hill likely to remain silent for some time Belfast man James Ashe has called for Parliament buildings to become a Wetherspoon franchise.

"Stormont is lying empty," he said on the change.org site, "but it'd make a proper class Spoons, so it would. Let's employ the DUP and Sinn Fein MLAs and make them work for their money.

"And update the licensing laws too while we're at it."

Just over 1,000 people have pledged their support to the campaign which will be delivered to Secretary of State James Brokenshire.

In the comments, one supporter said it would be great to see politicians "serve the people of Northern Ireland".

Northern Ireland's devolved institutions have been in a state of limbo since January when Sinn Fein pulled out of government. The republican party has called for outstanding issues to be resolved, such as legacy issues and an Irish language act as well as calling for DUP leader Arlene Foster to stand aside to allow the inquiry into the botched Renewable Heating Incentive to report.

Last week Sinn Fein rejected a proposal from Mrs Foster offering a time-frame for the introduction of an Irish language act with the Executive restored immediately.

In the coming week Secretary of State James Brokenshire is to meet with the main parties in a bid to explore options of where to turn next. He will be hoping he will not have to call time and introduce direct rule.

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