March 8, 2018 / 5:37 PM / in 10 months

Sinn Fein calls for British-Irish body to avoid direct rule of Northern Ireland

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Northern Ireland’s largest Irish nationalist party, Sinn Fein, on Friday said a British-Irish body created under a 1998 peace deal should be convened urgently after London moved to impose a budget on the region because its parties have failed to form a government.

“The two governments must act on their responsibilities as co-guarantors of the (1998) Good Friday Agreement which provides for a British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference ... as a matter of urgency,” Sinn Fein’s leader in Northern Ireland, Michelle O’Neill, said in a statement.

“There can be no return to direct rule,” she said.

Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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