Sinn Féin's Gerry Adams not expecting powersharing deal on Monday

Sinn Féin's Gerry Adams not expecting powersharing deal on Monday

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has said he does not expect a deal to restore powersharing to be struck by Monday.

He said the door was still open but there had been no sense of urgency around piecing together an agreement.

A series of deadlines have been missed to restore multi-party devolved government in Northern Ireland.

Mr Adams said: "I don't believe that there is going to be a deal by Monday.

"The DUP are showing no urgency or no real inclination to deal with the rights-based issues which are at the crux and the heart of these difficulties which we are talking here about."

He said those included republican demands for an Irish Language Act, a Bill of Rights, marriage equality and dealing with the legacy of decades of past violence.

"Unless they step-change I just cannot see, here we are on Saturday afternoon, I just cannot see how, and we told them this directly, how a deal can be put together by then."

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