Last-ditch effort to restore Stormont Executive in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's politicians are warned the 'window of opportunity is closing' to avoid direct rule for the first time in a decade as talks fail again

DUP leader blames Sinn Fein for deadlock at Stormont talks

Sinn Féin has rejected a call from the DUP leader for the immediate restoration of power sharing in the north.

Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire is to meet with the political parties later today, 04 September, to discuss restoring a power-sharing Executive.

Mrs Foster has called for a "common sense" solution appointing Stormont ministers alongside a time-limited process for making progress on the red line issue of an Irish language act and Ulster Scots.

"While the outcome of talks remains urgent, we are looking at a time frame of at least mid-October before parliament returns and has to make decisions on the best way forward for Northern Ireland, " he added.

The Creggan councillor said: "RTÉ reports that Jeffrey Donaldson "gave the example of Sinn Féin wanting 10 per cent of all public jobs to go to Irish speakers".

Six months after the Northern Ireland Assembly election, there appears little hope of an agreement to restore it and prevent the return of direct rule from Westminster. "We have no red lines". I have also heard from those within the Unionist community who hear others speaking about respect whilst at the same time they engage in a campaign to denigrate and demonise any and all aspects of our British identity in Northern Ireland or insult the Ulster Scots community.

She said it had been turned down in March.

The political crisis in Northern Ireland looks set to continue as Sinn Fein have rejected the most recent offer from the DUP, created to return the parties to Stormont.

Mr Brokenshire will meet the DUP, Sinn Féin, SDLP, UUP and Alliance separately at Stormont House on Monday to see if there is any prospect of talks resuming. Now we stand on the cusp of a new century for Northern Ireland.

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