stor­mont talks reach ‘a crit­i­cal point’

Irish Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY DEBORAH MCALEESE and SIOB­HAN FEN­TON

TALKS aimed at restor­ing pow­er­shar­ing in the North have reached a “sen­si­tive” phase, the For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter said yes­ter­day. Si­mon Coveney, who has been in­volved in the ne­go­ti­a­tion process along with North­ern Sec­re­tary of State James Bro­ken­shire, re­vealed the DUP and Sinn Fein “want to make the process work” but still face “real chal­lenges”. He told the Seanad: “There are sen­si­tive dis­cus­sions hap­pen­ing to­day. I am some­what cau­tious in what I am say­ing. I don’t think it would be help­ful to make a run­ning com­men­tary to­day.” Claim­ing a “crit­i­cal point” for the de­volved in­sti­tu­tions had been reached, Mr Coveney added: “Ten months have now passed. It means the peo­ple of North­ern Ire­land are not be­ing served by an elected and ac­count­able de­volved govern­ment. “This is not a sus­tain­able po­si­tion for much longer. This is a most crit­i­cal point for the de­volved in­sti­tu­tions and peace process as a whole.” Fianna Fail Se­na­tor Mark Daly said the North had been “fur­ther po­larised” by Brexit. He added: “Un­for­tu­nately the fu­ture is nei­ther clear nor bright.”

CAU­TIOUS Mr Coveney

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.