No agreement has been reached following power sharing talks in Northern Ireland after the elections which were held on 2 March 2017. The two largest parties in the Assembly, Sinn Fein and the DUP, failed to reach agreement and have blamed each other for the delay, with the deadline for agreement now exceeded.
Nigel Dodds, the Deputy Leader of the DUP, said:
“It is very clear from the people they had at the talks that they were very focused on their southern election prospects, that is deeply regrettable”.
Gerry Adams, the President of Sinn Fein, said:
“The DUP’s approach thus far has been to engage in a minimalist way on all of the key issues, including legacy issues, an Irish Language Act, a Bill of Rights, and marriage equality”.
James Brokenshire, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, has said that he will continue to try to reach agreement with the major parties in the process. He said on Sunday 26 March 2017:
“I have spoken to the Prime Minister this afternoon and this remains the UK government’s continuing priority”.