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Ireland UK and Irish governments publish proposed deal to restore powersharing in North

07:20  10 january  2020
07:20  10 january  2020 Source:   thejournal.ie

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The Irish and UK Governments have published an outline deal to The UK 's Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith had asked the speaker of the defunct parliament to recall the Assembly on Friday morning in the hope “It’s time to show leadership and get back to powersharing in Stormont.”

THE IRISH AND UK governments are set to make public a proposed deal to restore Stormont powersharing as they urge Northern Ireland’s politicians to sign up. There is an expectation the document will be tabled to the parties at some point tomorrow. It is understood the proposals will

Simon Coveney wearing a suit and tie © PA Wire PA Images

THE IRISH AND UK Governments have published an outline deal to restore powersharing in Northern Ireland, and urged all the parties to sign up to it.

Speaking following days and nights of intensive talks, Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Julian Smith said it was an agreement that is “fair” and which involved a lot of compromise.

That deal will now be presented to each of the five main parties in Northern Ireland for consideration and comes exactly three years since the collapse of Stormont. 

“Today, the Irish and British government together are publishing a deal called ‘New Decade New Approach’, a deal to get the Assembly and Executive back to work in Stormont by the end of this week, ” Coveney said.

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The UK and Irish governments have singled out the DUP as the party standing in the way of a The Taoiseach has expressed determination to secure a deal to restore powersharing in Proposed legislative protections for Irish language speakers are also a crucial element of the negotiation process.

The UK and Irish governments have outlined their proposals to restore powersharing in Northern Ireland to Stormont’s two main parties. The DUP and Sinn Fein were briefed on the governments ’ suggested blueprint for breaking the three-year deadlock on Wednesday afternoon.

“What better way to kick of this new year than by closing the chapter on Stormont’s collapse and getting on to new business and new challenges.

The document you are receiving today is relatively short but the path to get us here has been longer than many people could have thought.

“And it has taken much longer than what the public could have reasonably expected. Both governments are confident that this document represents a fair and balanced deal to return an executive and an assembly.”

Proposals

In the proposed deal, there would be a “new cultural framework that will include a new Office for Identity and Cutlural Expression to promote cultural diversity and inclusion across all identities and culture”.

This would “protect and enhance the Irish language [with] a further Commissioner to develop the language, arts and literature associated with the Ulster Scots/Ulster British tradition in Northern Ireland”. 

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The UK and Irish governments have singled out the DUP as the party standing in the way of a The Taoiseach has expressed determination to secure a deal to restore powersharing in Proposed legislative protections for Irish language speakers are also a crucial element of the negotiation process.

Britain and Ireland have published the text of a draft deal to restore the devolved government in Northern Ireland, three years after its collapse. Both the UK and Irish governments had outlined their proposals to restore powersharing to the DUP and Sinn Fein. The parties had been briefed on

This will be made law through an integrated package of legislation that will establish new parts of the Northern Ireland Act.

A statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said: “There will be meaningful reform of the petition of concern bringing it closer to its original role, as conceived of the Good Friday Agreement and as a means of building consensus. It will not be a veto for any one party.”

‘Get back to work’

Coveney told the political parties in Northern Ireland to “grab this opportunity and get back to work” adding this is a deal “filled with compromises, they’re fair compromises.”

“There will be reason for every party if they want to find them to be uncomfortable, to be negative and to look for excuse not to be part of this executive,” he said. 

“There are many positive reasons in this deal for the parties to come into an all-party executive and work together.”

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The five main parties in Northern Ireland will be urged to sign up to the document tabled by the UK and Irish governments . It is understood the proposals will then be published more widely, either on Proposed legislative protections for Irish language speakers and reform of a contentious Stormont

public a proposed deal to restore Stormont powersharing as they urge the North ’s politicians to a deal among the Stormont parties would represent a new approach for political negotiations in Proposed legislative protections for Irish language speakers and reform of a contentious Stormont

In a statement this evening, DUP leader Arlene Foster said representatives considered the paper “on balance we believe there is a basis upon which the Assembly and Executive can be re-established in a fair and balanced way”. 

“This is not a perfect deal and there are elements within it which we recognise are the product of long negotiations and represent compromise outcomes.   There will always need to be give and take.

“I value people who cherish their Irish identity,” she said. 

“I want them to feel at home in Northern Ireland.  I do not want them to feel second class citizens but equally I do not want people, like me, who are British to feel uncomfortable celebrating their Britishness.  The way forward must be about facilitation rather than imposition.”

A statement from Sinn Féin said the party will meet tomorrow and consider the details of the proposal.

Coveney also spoke of the death of journalist Lyra McKee during the press conference this evening, saying: “I think it’s important to remember the awful murder of Lyra McKee that brought us back to talks nine months ago”. 

With reporting from Cónal Thomas and PA

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