No deal in sight to break North­ern Ire­land po­lit­i­cal im­passe

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

LON­DON — The lead­ers of North­ern Ire­land’s main po­lit­i­cal par­ties said Tues­day that they have not reached a deal to re­store the col­lapsed Catholic-Protes­tant power-shar­ing gov­ern­ment — and there is un­likely to be agree­ment be­fore the fall.

Ar­lene Foster of the Demo­cratic Union­ists — North­ern Ire­land’s big­gest Bri­tish Protes­tant party — said her party and Ir­ish na­tion­al­ists Sinn Fein have not reached a deal, but “we’re go­ing to con­tinue talk­ing through­out the sum­mer.” Sinn Fein leader Michelle O’Neill said she was “dis­ap­pointed but not sur­prised that a deal has not yet been done.” North­ern Ire­land has been with­out a func­tion­ing gov­ern­ment for six months. Bri­tain has warned it may re­store direct rule if no new ad­min­is­tra­tion can be formed, al­though it has avoided set­ting any dead­lines for do­ing so.

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