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Failure in Northern Ireland is ‘shame on all politicians,’ says DUP leader

The ongoing failure to restore powersharing in Northern Ireland is a shame on all the region’s politicians, Arlene Foster has said.

The DUP leader urged rivals to come together to strike a deal to resurrect the devolved executive ahead of another round of talks in Belfast.

Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith will hold a round of bilateral meetings with the DUP, Sinn Fein, UUP, SDLP and Alliance Party at Stormont House on Monday morning, with a roundtable session with all the party leaders due later in the week.

Ahead of the meetings on Monday, Foster said: “It is a shame on all politicians in Northern Ireland that we have not been able to have the institutions up and running again, but we have to now.”

She told BBC Radio Ulster: “I fundamentally believe that if there’s a will there is a way, and the issues have been talked about now for three years, so there is nothing new on the table – therefore there is every chance we can come to an agreement but there has to be a willingness across the piece.

“For my part there is certainly a willingness from the Democratic Unionist Party.”

Arlene Foster, leader of the DUP (AFP)

The independent

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