Updated: 27/06/17 : 07:06:31
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Stormont restoration talks resume as deadline looms

Negotiations on the restoration of power-sharing in Northern Ireland will resume this morning.

RTÉ reports that Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire are involved with the five main Stormont parties.

Yesterday, former Stormont first minister Arlene Foster had probably the best morning of her political life.

She signed off on a deal that will see Northern Ireland gain £1bn from Westminster over the next two years.

In return, the DUP's ten MPs will support Theresa May's minority Conservative government.

By the afternoon, she was back in Belfast trying to play a role in resurrecting a power-sharing administration at Stormont, six months after the DUP-Sinn Féin partnership fell apart.

A perceived absence of respect was one of accusations Sinn Féin made about its dealings with the DUP.

Proper recognition for the Irish language is a key issue for both Sinn Féin and the SDLP in these, as yet, incomplete negotiations.

The DUP and Sinn Féin will reconvene later this morning. The other three parties are waiting to see if the two power blocs can settle their differences.

Minister Coveney has said the parties need to be "close to a final agreement" by late this evening if they are to meet Thursday's deadline for a deal.

They face the prospect of direct rule being reimposed from Westminster if they fail to break the deadlock.