SF leaders to meet Varadkar after talks collapse

SF leaders to meet Varadkar after talks collapse

British Prime Minister Theresa May met with the leaders of Sinn Féin and the DUP in London this evening.

"We are calling on the UK Government to introduce legislation at the earliest opportunity to bring Northern Ireland's laws on marriage equality into line with the rest of the UK".

"We regard the opening up of any sort of political vacuum as extremely unsafe".

The British government has reaffirmed its "100 per cent" commitment to the Belfast Agreement and rejected calls for an immediate return to direct rule from Westminster following last week's collapse of power-sharing talks at Stormont. There comes a moment in political life to call things and we're at a point to make a decision. He reiterated Dublin's "firm position" that the Good Friday Agreement must be implemented in full, and that the Irish Government does not want to see the introduction of direct rule in Northern Ireland. A number of challenging decisions will have to be taken.

Following today's meetings, Downing Street acknowledged that it has "a responsibility to ensure the continued delivery of public services in Northern Ireland". The Irish government said there was the basis of a deal and indeed the DUP were briefing that there was the basis of a deal.

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Good Friday Agreement is a multilateral agreement signed among the British and Irish governments as well as political parties of Northern Ireland in Belfast, the regional capital city of Northern Ireland, on April 10, 1998.

The Irish language act has become one of the main stumbling blocks in the power-sharing talks in the North, with both Sinn Fein and the DUP completely divided on the issue. "We're crystal clear that we had a way forward", O'Neill told reporters.

Mr Varadkar made the comments in response to a question by Sinn Fein's Pearse Doherty about the prospects of a special high-level Government committee.

"The Prime Minister said she believed there was scope for agreement and reiterated the UK Government's priority was still to get devolution up and running again in Northern Ireland".

"On next steps, she set out how the Northern Ireland Secretary would continue to work intensively with the parties on the basis for an agreement".

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