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10 Jan 2020

Northern Ireland parties agree to restore devolution

Scotland Correspondent

The Prime Minister has hailed a breakthrough in talks at Stormont as a “great step forwards for the people of Northern Ireland’ after Sinn Fein agreed to back a deal to restore power-sharing – a move that all but confirms the return of devolved government in Northern Ireland after a three-year absence.

The DUP said the deal “wasn’t perfect” and hasn’t yet officially endorsed the draft text prepared by the UK and Irish governments, but signalled last night it would support it.

If they do the two parties will re-enter a mandatory coalition.