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Deal or aon déileáil? How a debate over the Irish language ended talks in Stormont

Earlier this week, it looked as if the DUP and Sinn Féin were set to strike a deal. Now, a debate over the status of Irish has left the outlook as pessimistic as ever

By Siobhán Fenton  

Sinn Féin MLAs stage a protest at Stormont, calling for an "Irish act now". Photo: Flickr

After 13 months of negotiations between the DUP and Sinn Féin over whether they can agree to return to government in Northern Ireland, the talks appear to have finally come to a dramatic end.

DUP leader Arlene Foster announced in a statement that “there is no current prospect of these discussions leading” to a deal and called on the UK government to begin governing Northern Ireland in the absence of local politicians being able…

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