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Ireland says ongoing failure of Northern Ireland talks 'deeply concerning'
November 1, 2017 / 12:16 PM / 16 days ago

Ireland says ongoing failure of Northern Ireland talks 'deeply concerning'

DUBLIN (Reuters) - The continuing failure of Irish nationalists and pro-British Unionists to form a government in Northern Ireland is “deeply concerning,” Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said after Britain moved to directly set a budget for the region.

Ireland's Minister of Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney attends an informal meeting of European Union Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Tallinn, Estonia September 7, 2017. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

Britain’s minister for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire on Wednesday said he had no choice but to begin the process of setting a budget directly for the first time in a decade due to the failure of talks to form a devolved executive.

“Both Governments share the view that it is regrettable and deeply concerning that, eight months after the last Assembly election, a power-sharing Executive is not in place,” Coveney said in a statement.

“The non-functioning of the devolved institutions is not something which the Irish Government wants to contemplate.”

Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Catherine Evans

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