DUBLIN – Stormont hopes

Irish and British governments will release a text this week aimed at establishing the basis for an agreement to restore the Northern Executive and Assembly, Ireland’s Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said.

Speaking to the Irish Times, Coveney also said that his government would provide funds to help Stormont get back on its feet, as well as investing in collaborative projects between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

“This is about creating goodwill but also about generating economic development and improving relationships North and South, and trying to create better connectivity on the island as a whole,” he said.

Northern Ireland’s devolved assembly has been inactive since 2017, after clashes between rival DUP and Sinn Féin parties.  An agreement must be reached by January 13, or a new assembly election could be called.

(Samuel Stolton, EURACTIV.com)

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