TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has arranged early morning talks with the North's SDLP party in a bid to prevent the collapse of power sharing in the North, independent.ie has learned.
The decision was taken because the SDLP party, led by Dr Alasdair McDonnell, has the numbers to potentially scupper the DUP's plans to suspend the assembly if it votes with Sinn Fein.
The DUP has issued the British Government with an ultimatum that they will resign unless Stormont is suspended.
However, the Irish Government is of the view that an "adjournment" is the right option and is seeking the SDLP to support the move.
A Government source nsisted that an adjournment is "the right way forward" and that Mr Kenny is determined to pursue all possible avenues to ensure power sharing remains intact and the Peace Process is not jeopardised .
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The North's political parties have expressed "hurt and frustration" over the Stormont crisis but are "up for talks" in a bid to avert a collapse in power-sharing, according to Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan.