Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire says an election to the Northern Ireland Assembly will be held on Thursday 2 March.
Brokenshire said he was legally obliged to call the election after negotiations failed.
James Brokenshire, the secretary of state, said, “I am now obliged, under relevant legislation, to propose a date for the next Northern Ireland Assembly election.
Mr. Brokenshire added, "No-one should underestimate the challenge faced to the political institutions here in Northern Ireland and what is at stake.”
The last sitting day of the Assembly will take place on January 25 and the Assembly will be dissolved on January 26.