January 18, 2018 / 12:38 PM / 9 months ago

Northern Irish parties have weeks to restore devolved government, Dublin says

BELFAST (Reuters) - The British and Irish governments will give parties in Northern Ireland weeks rather than months to complete a new round of talks aimed at re-establishing the province’s devolved government, Ireland’s foreign minister said on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Deputy Prime Minister (Tanaiste) Simon Coveney reacts during a press conference at Government buildings in Dublin, Ireland, December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

“I think we’re talking about weeks rather than months here ... We’re very conscious of the time pressures here and I think all parties recognize that,” Simon Coveney told reporters when asked if the parties faced a deadline when talks begin next week.

Reporting by Amanda Ferguson, writing by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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