There will be no further routine meetings of the powersharing Executive until the political crisis is resolved, Stormont’s First Minister Peter Robinson has said.
The Democratic Unionists failed in a bid for a four-week adjournment of the Northern Ireland Assembly after police said members of the Provisional IRA shot a man dead in East Belfast.
But Mr Robinson said it could not be business as usual as Assembly members return from their summer break today.
Mr Robinson said: ``Pending a satisfactory resolution of the outstanding issues, business will not be as usual. As a first step there will be no further meetings of the Northern Ireland Executive unless we deem that there are exceptional circumstances.
“In addition, there will be no North/South ministerial meetings in any of its formats (between ministers in Belfast and Dublin).
“Our ministers shall be focused on the talks process.”
Crisis talks led by the Irish and British governments are due to begin at Stormont on Tuesday.