Friday 2 December 2016

'It's make your mind up time' at Stormont

Published 17/11/2015 | 02:30

MAKE YOUR MIND UP TIME: Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers
MAKE YOUR MIND UP TIME: Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers warned politicians, "It's make your mind up time," as talks continue to save power-sharing at Stormont.

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First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness expressed optimism that a settlement could still be achieved in the coming days.

While there is an expectation that some form of deal on the executive will be announced this week, there is doubt whether it will incorporate measures to deal with the toxic legacy of the Troubles.

Other disputes that have rocked Stormont, including an acute budgetary crisis linked to non-implementation of welfare reforms and the fallout from an IRA murder linked to the Provisional IRA, are set to be addressed in whatever settlement emerges.

As talks involving the parties and the British and Irish governments entered their tenth week, Mr McGuinness said: "I fully expect that there will be an agreement, hopefully a comprehensive agreement, before the middle of this week."

Irish Independent

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