Tuesday 23 January 2018

Northern talks must be saved

IF it is true, as Gerry Adams would have it, that talks between Sinn Fein and the DUP have irreparably broken down, power sharing in Northern Ireland is in jeopardy and the Irish and British governments must consider what they intend to do about it.

The governments are committed to the completion of devolution, with the transfer of policing and justice powers to Belfast, but talks which the Alliance Party leader has said would define politics in the North for years to come have not been satisfactorily concluded, according to Mr Adams.

David Ford, the likely future justice minister, has warned that failure to reach agreement on the policing issue was likely to bring down the fragile, power-sharing government.

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