Stormont talks could be suspended today if there isn’t a breakthrough

Stormont talks could be suspended today if there isn’t a breakthrough.

The fourth deadline to form a Government in the North passed yesterday without a deal.

Sinn Féin and the DUP are believed to be at odds over the Irish language and gay rights.

The new Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has been among those trying to break the deadlock – but the DUP’s chief negotiator Jeffrey Donaldson says he’s not helping:

 

Speaking in Monaghan yesterday, Minister Coveney said that northern politicians must think about the wider picture in terms of Brexit.

He stated that unless Stormont power sharing gets up and running soon, the Northern Irish voice in Brexit negotiations will be weak: