Alliance in call for fresh Stormont talks impetus
The anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement last week should provide fresh impetus to get power-sharing talks going again immediately, an Alliance MLA has said.
Kellie Armstrong challenged Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley to inject new momentum into the talks process.
"The DUP-Sinn Fein process has been allowed to go on long enough. The Secretary of State must look at alternative ways to move the process forward, capitalising on the goodwill and spirit of co-operation that has been so celebrated over the past week," the Strangford MLA said.
Ms Armstrong said Alliance proposals in its Next Steps Forward document provided a "good starting point for talks".
Alliance plans to break the Stormont deadlock include reconstituting Assembly committees, reconvening the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference and moving forward with legislation which was at an advanced stage before the collapse of power-sharing, all in parallel with a new talks process.