Sinn Féin and DUP closer to agreement
Sinn Féin and the DUP are hammering out details of a potential deal that could end Stormont's 13-month power-sharing crisis.
Northern Ireland's two main parties were locked in negotiations throughout yesterday, scrubbing a scheduled round-table meeting with the region's smaller parties, amid mounting speculation an agreement may be in sight.
On Friday evening, Sinn Féin and the DUP acknowledged progress had been made towards a breakthrough, but insisted issues remained.
Both parties said the talks process should conclude next week.
Outgoing party president Gerry Adams, who steps down today, said: "It isn't sorted out as we speak. We have made some progress, but there are still considerable obstacles but as I said to our unionist friends, this is the last chance agreement.
"They need to embrace the need for rights for everybody and agree a space where we can all moderate our differences."
The DUP's Arlene Foster added: "We have had a very intensive week of discussions. Progress has been made.
"We have more work to do. I have set out the parameters for a deal. It must be fair and balanced.
"Our negotiating team will continue working next week. I want to see ministerial led government restored to Northern Ireland.
"I hope that can be achieved by devolved Government and will work towards that end."