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Northern Ireland talks collapse: Power sharing and working together the 'only way forward,' says Taoiseach Varadkar

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he "very much regrets" the statment from the DUP collapsing the talks process and calling for direct rule.

Arlene Foster said it was time for the UK Government to intervene by setting a budget and taking policy decisions.

"Power sharing and working together are the only way forward for Northern Ireland," said Mr Varadkar in response.

"The announcement from the DUP is clearly very disappointing. The Secretary of State and I have spoken and will remain in close contact and I am briefing the Taoiseach on developments," said Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney.

"As co-guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement, the UK and Irish governments have an obligation to uphold and protect the letter and spirit of that Agreement. We will need to reflect in the coming days on how best to do that."

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