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Stormont stalemate: Sinn Fein in last-ditch appeal to DUP to revive powersharing

Sinn Fein has made a last ditch appeal for their powersharing partners to get back into government in Northern Ireland.

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Conor Murphy.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Sinn Féin MP denies ‘rolling over’ on legacy and marriage

Sinn Féin MP and negotiator Conor Murphy has denied his party “rolled over” on the issue of same-sex marriage and legacy inquests during the talks with the DUP.

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PACEMAKER BELFAST. East Londonderry MLA Claire Sugden

Sugden: ‘Two big parties not ready for justice portfolio yet’

Former Justice Minister Claire Sugden has said the time “has not yet come” for either of the DUP or Sinn Féin to take control of her old Stormont department.

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Ulster Unionist peer Sir Reg Empey

Mooted deal may set dangerous precedent: UUP

The unionist community will have been left “stunned” by claims that the DUP was contemplating signing up to an Irish language act, a former UUP leader has said.

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Jamie Bryson

Alliance ‘intolerant’ after snubbing NI affairs committee over Jamie Bryson

Loyalist blogger Jamie Bryson has accused the Alliance Party of “losing the run of themselves” after they refused to appear alongside him at a NI Affairs Committee meeting.

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Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to the media outside Stormont House on Monday after talks. She also took questions from some journalists including the News Letter, which asked her about Sinn Fein's tactics in bringing down Stormont. 
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Ben Lowry: The sorry signs of a weakened PM and a weakened unionism

To get an idea of how weakened this prime minister is politically, and how deflated unionism seems, consider the following comments made by Theresa May last week.

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Morning View

Remembering La Mon, one of the worst horrors of the Troubles

Round and round come the anniversaries of IRA massacres of civilians.

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Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley with Prime Minister Theresa May

Prime Minister absolutely right to visit NI, says Bradley

The Northern Ireland Secretary has defended the Prime Minister's intervention in ill-fated talks to save powersharing after criticism that her arrival proved a distraction.
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Morning View

A republican justice minister would be a political disaster

There was last night a Sinn Fein account as to what the DUP agreed in the talks.

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Former DUP leader Peter Robinson at the 2017 Westminster election count at the Titanic exhibition centre

Peter Robinson: I declined DUP nomination for seat in the Lords

Peter Robinson has revealed that he asked the party not to nominate him for a peerage when he stepped down as DUP leader and first minister.

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Sinn Fein's vice president Michelle O'Neill (left) and Sinn Fein's president Mary Lou McDonald (centre) and Conor Murphy at a press conference at Parliament Buildings in Stormont in Belfast.

Sinn Fein outlines ‘draft agreement’ it struck with DUP

Sinn Fein has outlined details of a draft agreement it insists it struck with the DUP before negotiations to restore Stormont power-sharing collapsed.

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Lord Empey wondered if the DUP has lost the plot altogether

Empey slams claim May’s talks visit was a ‘distraction’

Former Ulster Unionist leader Lord Empey has slammed the DUP after the party suggested Theresa May’s intervention in the Stormont talks process was a “distraction”.

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Gregory Campbell said Sinn Fein had wanted a deal as a retirement present for Gerry Adams

No DUP split and Sinn Fein have egg on their faces: Campbell

DUP MP Gregory Campbell has rubbished suggestions of a split within the party, following the failure of the Stormont negotiations.

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Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionists have held out the possibility of powersharing talks being resurrected in the future after Tuesday's acrimonious collapse of negotiations.

DUP and Sinn Fein not ruling out new Stormont talks after negotiations collapse

Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionists have held out the possibility of powersharing talks being resurrected in the future after Tuesday's acrimonious collapse of negotiations.
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Michelle O'Neill, Sinn Fein's leader in Northern Ireland

Stormont talks collapse: Sinn Fein to issue 'fulsome' response

Sinn Fein is expected to outline the party's next move after powersharing talks in Northern Ireland broke down.
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Michelle ONeills Sinn Fein has hounded DUP leader Arlene Foster no matter what she says and have acted far more disrespectfully than the DUP leader

A grim moment, yes, but also a very necessary one

What happened at Stormont yesterday, when Arlene Foster announced that it was not possible to reach a deal with Sinn Fein, was a grim milestone for Northern Ireland.

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School children during a demonstration at Stormont for an Irish language act

We will not rest until we get stand-alone Irish act: language group

Any deal to restore devolution at Stormont must contain a commitment to stand-alone legislation to protect Irish, a language campaigner has declared.

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Press conference at Parliament Buildings, Stormont with Ulster Unionist Party leader Robin Swann.

Photo by Philip Magowan  / Press Eye.

Swann: Publish details of any ‘accommodation’

The DUP and Sinn Fein have been urged to publish the details of any “accommodation” the two parties came to before talks collapsed.

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TUV leader Jim Allister

Allister: It’s overdue but the DUP has faced up to reality

The DUP’s decision to call an end to the talks process has been described as “overdue” by the TUV leader Jim Allister.

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