July 31, 2018 / 3:54 PM / 3 months ago

Dublin to push for fresh Northern Irish talks in the autumn - PM

DUBLIN (Reuters) - The Irish government will push Northern Ireland’s political parties to make a fresh attempt at restoring their devolved power-sharing government later this year, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at an EU summit in Brussels, Belgium, June 28, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo

“We would intend in the autumn some time trying again to get the parties in Northern Ireland together,” Varadkar told a news conference after the latest attempt to end a more than 18-month deadlock failed earlier this year.

“I think the absence of any clarity around Brexit makes that very difficult but if we can have that in October, I think there is an opportunity certainly before the end of the year to get the assembly and executive up and running.”

Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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