Northern Ireland political talks at advanced stage, Irish PM says

FILE PHOTO: Ireland’s Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar speaks during a joint news conference with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Council President Donald Tusk and European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier at the European Union leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo

BELFAST (Reuters) – Talks between Irish nationalists and pro-British unionists in Northern Ireland to restore devolved government there are reaching an “advanced stage”, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Thursday.

Politicians in the British province have until Monday to end a three-year hiatus or risk fresh elections that London has said will be called if no agreement is reached.

Sinn Fein, the largest nationalist party, withdrew from the power-sharing government exactly three years ago saying it was not being treated equally. Since then Sinn Fein and the largest pro-British party, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), have blamed ea


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