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Talks to restore N Ireland power-sharing collapse: DUP

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Talks to restore a in collapsed today and the former first called on the to take control over policymaking. "In our view, there is no current prospect of these discussions leading to an executive being formed," Arlene Foster, the of the (DUP), said in a statement. She said there remained "serious and significant gaps" between the pro-British DUP and the republican party over the issue of the use of the Irish language in "It is now incumbent upon Her to set a budget and start making policy decisions about our schools, hospitals and infrastructure," Foster said. "Important decisions impacting on everyone in have been sitting in limbo for too long." The devolved government in has been suspended since January 2017, when pulled out of the power-sharing arrangement with the DUP, citing a breakdown in trust. British and her Irish counterpart, Leo Varadkar, flew in for talks on Monday, raising hopes that a deal was close. Yesterday, Foster said their presence had proved a "bit of a distraction" as it interrupted negotiations. A day later, she said: "Restoring a sustainable and fully functioning devolved government will remain our goal but we will not accept a one-sided deal.

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 01:15 IST
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