Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland parties invited to 'intensive talks' to restore Stormont government

James Brokenshire said the intensity of negotiations needed to increase in the days and weeks ahead
James Brokenshire said the intensity of negotiations needed to increase in the days and weeks ahead

Northern Ireland's political parties have been invited to "intensive talks" to restore the collapsed Stormont Executive.

The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) has said the talks, due to begin on Monday, April 3, will have work to find agreement on forming a government and addressing the implementation of outstanding issues from previous agreements.

Officials have said both the British and Irish governments will be involved, there will be an agreed agenda regular bi-lateral meetings and roundtable talks.

"The talks will be conducted in accordance with the well-established three stranded approach," an NIO statement said.

Following the March 2 snap election, brought about after Martin McGuinness resigned as deputy First Minister over the Renewable Heating Incentive, the parties failed to find agreement within the three-week time span for talks.

Some described the process as "shambolic".

Secretary of State James Brokenshire is faced with the possibility of calling another election or seeking legislation from Westminster to bring about direct rule if no deal is reached within the coming weeks.

Belfast Telegraph Digital

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph