TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has warned time is running out to save the political institutions in the North from collapse after a day of drama in Northern Ireland.
Mr Kenny urged the leaders of all the political parties in the North to reflect on the mandate given to them by the people as the power sharing executive teetered on the brink of collapse tonight.
Speaking at the Fine Gael ‘think in’ dinner in Limerick, Mr Kenny said the situation in the North is “serious” and warned that the “opportunity and time is limited” to save the institution.
He said the Government is “willing and available” to support parties in the North “day and night” in the interest of “getting the Executive and the Assembly back on track”.
He said people North and South voted “overwhelmingly” in favour of the Good Friday Agreement and urged politicians to consider this in the coming hours.
“The opportunity and the time scale in which to make progress here is very limited now,” he said.
He added: “I would hope the elected representative of the people of Northern Ireland in their respective parties would accept the responsibility given to them by the people to make sure the institutions of Northern Ireland continue to work and be functional in the interests of the people of the North.”
This is a really serious situation and I do hope those parties will reflect on the short time that is now available to them before the situation in so far as the preservation of the intuitions is concern would fall flat.
The opportunity and time is quite limited but I do hope that leadership in the parties will reflect on the responsibility given to them by the people and that they will take this responsibility on board.”
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Power-sharing in Northern Ireland stands on the brink after First Minister Peter Robinson stepped down and the majority of his Executive ministers resigned amid a crisis sparked by a murder linked to the IRA.