Sinn Fein want deal with DUP but cannot stagger from one crisis to another

Sinn Fein want deal with DUP but cannot stagger from one crisis to another

Sinn Fein insist they want a deal with the DUP to restore power-sharing in the North, but can't stagger from one crisis to another.

Mary Lou McDonald was speaking as Westminster prepares to draft a budget for Stormont, following the two parties' failure to reach agreement before the deadline earlier this week.

Deputy McDonald insists that despite the impasse, they remain committed to striking a deal.

She said: "Why should people who live in the North of Ireland be placed at a disadvantage.

"We've been clear with the DUP, clear throughout, that we are here to do a deal, we want a deal, we want the institutions back up and running, we regard them as critically important

"But we also understand at this juncture, that we can't endlessly stagger from one crisis to another."

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