Sinn Fein leader says there will be more Northern Ireland talks

Sinn Fein leader says there will be more Northern Ireland talks

"The DUP failed to close the deal and went on to collapse the talks process".

She also said that the justice ministry would have become part of the usual d'hondt selection for the parties by 2022.

The row boils down to a row over the presentation of new laws to protect Irish language speakers.

The unsuccessful conclusion of the meeting was explained by DUP leader Arlene Foster to have been a result of a difference in opinions over a legislation for the Irish language.

Earlier this week, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Prime Minister Theresa May flew to Belfast to hold discussions with political parties in the North.

But she said Sinn Fein's demand for an Irish Language Act to enshrine the status of Irish was not "fair and balanced" and did not respect "the unionist and British identity" of Northern Ireland's Protestants.

"We advised the DUP leadership that the deal should be closed before those opposed to it could unpick what we had achieved", she said.

Northern Ireland's power-sharing government has been suspended since January 2017, when it broke down amid a scandal over a botched green-energy project.


That rift subsequently widened to take in more long-standing disputes over language, social issues and the legacy of the Troubles.

Stormont departments have been without ministers for months and decisions need to be made speedily about the next financial year's public spending budgets.

British minister Karen Bradley said London continues to believe that "devolved government is in the best interests of everyone", adding: "I believe the basis for accommodation still exists".

"We had a way forward on all the issues", said Michelle O'Neill, the party's leader in Northern Ireland.

Negotiations on forming a government in Northern Ireland failed late last week after weeks of intense talks, the Associated Press reported.

"Certainly there is no appetite to move toward direct rule (from London)". Sinn Fein insists the Irish Government must have a key role in the region if Stormont does not return.

Civil servants have run the government in Northern Ireland since the administration collapsed, with major spending and policy decisions deferred. The DUP used a petition of concern to veto these bills, arguing that such legislation did not command enough cross-community support under the complex rules governing power-sharing in Northern Ireland.

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