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Stormont deal needs to be done today: Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Coveney

Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has said the Northern Ireland political parties need to do a deal on Tuesday, if the Stormont Institutions are to be resurrected before the summer break.

It comes after Secretary of State James Brokenshire told the Commons a deal was achievable by the end of the week.

However, sources across the political spectrum have said there was no chance of a deal in the coming days, with many saying the DUP and Sinn Fein were "poles apart".


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"Back on road to Belfast early - parties really must make political breakthrough today if NI assembly is to be back before summer recess," Mr Coveney tweeted on Tuesday morning.

On Monday Sinn Fein said, given the "hostile atmosphere" over the Twelfth period, there could be no chance of a deal.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said it was vital that an agreement was reached at Stormont.

Writing in today's Belfast Telegraph, she warned that without a deal, Northern Ireland was facing "another election or the inevitable introduction of direct rule".

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She said: "The challenge for Sinn Fein over the next few days is whether they will act in the interests of everyone in Northern Ireland rather than maintain that narrow focus.

"I want to get the Executive restored immediately so local ministers can implement key reforms in health and education, as well as meet the needs of our community sector by giving them some budget certainty.

"Sinn Fein should stop holding devolution to ransom for narrow political advantage with the Irish language."

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