DUP leader Arlene Foster calls for parallel process to break Stormont deadlock

Randall Padilla
September 5, 2017

He added: "I don't believe the deal that was offered by Arlene Foster is going to be the basis of agreement - and as you see, Sinn Féin have rejected that as a solution to getting devolved government up and running again".

"It's the first time I've heard a leader of the DUP say that unionism has nothing to fear from facilitating and supporting the use of the Irish language in Northern Ireland".

Sinn Fein's leader in Northern Ireland, Michelle O'Neill, earlier on Thursday said her party was "entirely committed" to making the political institutions work.

Mr Brokenshire holds discussions with the Ulster and the Democratic Unionists, nationalist SDLP, cross-community Alliance Party and Sinn Fein on Monday on whether to initiate another round of talks.

Power-sharing in the North collapsed in January when then Deputy First Minister the late Martin McGuinness resigned over the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) or "cash for ash" scandal, which could cost taxpayers in the region of €460 million.

"They have acted disrespectfully towards Irish identity and Irish culture". She said she was disappointed with the "breakneck speed" with which Sinn Fein dismissed her proposal. "We are open to that if it helps to develop the process", she said.

The British and Irish governments, who are facilitating the talks, have warned that failing to reach an agreement would have "profound and serious" implications and limit Northern Ireland's influence in Brexit negotiations, although no one is forecasting a return to serious violence. Now we stand on the cusp of a new century for Northern Ireland.

"Let's agree to quickly conclude talks on implementation and rights, that is the only way to build a sustainable Executive that will last".

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