Friday, 22 December 2017

Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar will not support direct rule for NI

The Irish government would expect to have a "real and meaningful involvement" in Northern Ireland if efforts to restore Stormont fail, the Irish prime minister has said.

Leo Varadkar said he would not support a return to direct rule from London if time is called on talks to restore a power-sharing government in Belfast.

He said that he would make a fresh bid for a deal in January.

Northern Ireland has been without a government for almost a year.

The Stormont executive collapsed at the start of 2017 after a bitter row between the DUP and Sinn Féin over a failed energy scheme.
Several rounds of talks, and a fresh Assembly election, have failed to restore the power-sharing government.

BBC     News.

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