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DUP's Jeffrey Donaldson 'unconvinced' Northern Ireland power-sharing institutions can be restored

DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson says he is unconvinced the power-sharing institutions can be restored.

On Monday night DUP sources told the Belfast Telegraph, given the stalemate, it would be "impossible to see devolution return for some time".

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Speaking to RTE on Tuesday, the Lagan Valley MP said: "I don't say this lightly. The decision made yesterday has huge consequences.

"Do I believe we will have a power-sharing government again in Northern Ireland in the next few months? I’m not convinced. An election will not change this. It will not resolve it. We will still have to sit down and talk."

Finance Minister Mairtin O Muilleoir said the Good Friday Agreement had been trampled on by the DUP.

He added: "Looking to the future, we will never rebuild credibility in these institutions unless we commit again to the promise, to the principles and to the parity of esteem which was at the very foundation and root of the Good Friday Agreement.

"The DUP has spat in the face of those principles, the promise and the parity of esteem."

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