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Niall Carson/PA Images The Northern Ireland Assembly building in Stormont (file photo)
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Talks to restore Northern Ireland power-sharing executive to be announced today

The talks are expected to begin after Northern Ireland’s local elections.

TALKS INVOLVING TO restore Northern Ireland’s power-sharing executive involving the country’s main parties are expected to be announced today.

It is understood report that Tánaiste Simon Coveney and the UK’s Northern Secretary Karen Bradley will hold a joint press conference in Belfast to make the announcement.

The discussions are expected to begin within a fortnight, after the local elections in Northern Ireland, which take place on 2 May.

It is understood that contact has been made between the offices of the Taoiseach and British Prime Minister Theresa May in an effort to have the Stormont executive restored.

The executive dissolved in January 2017 after the power-sharing agreement between the DUP and Sinn Fein collapsed over the Renewable Heat Incentive controversy.

Finance and Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe said today that Tánaiste Simon Coveney is working hard to make progress in the North. He added that there is now a “moment in time” that can be used to get Stormont back up and running. 

He added that the lack of political leadership has allowed for a vacuum of power in the North to grow. 

Earlier this week, representatives from country’s six main political parties attended the funeral of journalist Lyra McKee, after issuing a rare joint statement in condemnation of her killing.

The priest at the funeral, Fr Martin Magill, was given a standing ovation when he asked why it had taken the death of the 29 year-old to bring the parties together.

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