Updated: 13/02/18 : 07:44:44
The DUP and Sinn Féin are continuing efforts to reach a deal that would allow the restoration of a power sharing government in the North.
The Irish and British governments have been expressing confidence an agreement is possible.
Issues like Sinn Féin's demand for Irish language legislation are proving difficult to overcome.
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney says it is important to give both sides the space they need.
He said: "Particularly over the last couple of weeks, as two governments we've not commented publicly on the details of a negotiation because it is sensitive, it is difficult.
"The parties are definitely trying in my view, to find a way forward."