Negotiations on the implementation of the St Andrews Agreement have
ended tonight without agreement, but are due to continue on Monday. The
six days of talks represent the longest period of sustained negotiations
since the peace process began in the 1990s.
The chances of an imminent deal to break the political stalemate in the
north have receded tonight as negotiations continued despite the passage
of a deadline set by the Dublin and London governments.
Sinn Fein has announced that its negotiating team had left the talks to
attend a meeting of party colleagues, as the deadline for reaching a
deal on the devolution of policing and justice looms.
Sinn Fein said it was “deeply disappointed” with the outcome of the
talks at Hillsborough Castle and blamed DUP demands for a concession on
contentious sectarian parades for blocking an agreement.
A deal in the Hillsborough talks to save the North’s power-sharing
government is unlikely today following a decision by the British Prime
Minister Gordon Brown and 26-County Taoiseach Brian Cowen to leave the
A draft document presented by Dublin and London officials at the
multi-party negotiations in Belfast could yet lead to a breakthrough
deal and the preservation of the North’s powersharing administration, it
The Taoiseach Brian Cowen and the British Prime Minister held emergency
talks with Sinn Fein and the DUP into the early hours of this morning
but there were no signs of a breakthrough in the three-year-old
DUP leader Peter Robinson and Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness are holding
a crucial meeting in Belfast today that could determine whether
the Northern Executive and Assembly can be saved from collapse.
Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness is to seek a ‘defining’ meeting with DUP
leader Peter Robinson over the deadlock in the peace process.
Talks on saving the North’s power-sharing government have ended without
agreement, Sinn Fein said today.
The DUP leader and Six-County First Minister Peter Robinson, battling
for his political life following a lurid scandal centring on an
extra-marital affair by his wife, has requested that party colleague
Arlene Foster temporarily exercise the functions of the office of First