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Stormont talks: Sinn Fein says there is 'little prospect' of agreement by Monday

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has said that it is "very unlikely" that his party and the DUP will reach agreement in the power-sharing talks at Stormont by Monday's deadline.

Speaking on Saturday after taking part in the demonstration for the introduction of same sex marriage in Northern Ireland, he said that equality, rights and respect are the only basis for sustainable institutions, which deliver for all citizens.

He told the media: “I think it is very unlikely that there will be an agreement by Monday.

“The DUP are showing no urgency about dealing with the equality and rights issues, which caused the collapse of the political institutions.

“There is little prospect that they will do this before Monday".

The last in a number of deadlines for Northern Ireland's political parties to broker an agreement on power sharing passed with no reports of real progress on Thursday at 4pm.

Secretary of State James Brokenshire has extended the deadline until Monday.

Mr Adams said no agreement has yet been reached on Sinn Fein's key issues of Acht na Gaeilge (Irish lanaguage act) , the Bill of Rights, marriage equality, respect, anti-sectarian measures or legacy issues.

“Equality, rights and respect are the only basis for sustainable institutions," he commented. “This will only be achieved if there is a step change in the DUP position. Sinn Féin will do business them in that context but a starting point for all the parties, and especially the DUP, has to be that there can be no return to the status quo.

“The institutions have to deliver for all citizens," he concluded.

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