The Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the British Prime Minister David Cameron are calling for talks in the North to “intensify” after a report by security services claimed the IRA still maintains an army council.
The report, by the PSNI and MI5, said the Provisional IRA is committed to the peace process and maintains control over Sinn Féin.
Enda Kenny and David Cameron discussed the findings of the report and a similar one carried out by the Gardaí.
The Taoiseach has said both the Irish and British governments are in full agreement that efforts to protect the North's power-sharing executive should now step up.
“The place now to iron out these difficulties is at the talks. I have spoken to Minister Flanagan about that, he is up there today, and I am glad to see that the DUP are reinstituting their ministers and getting on with this business.
“I would hope, as the Prime Minister also agrees, that there should be an intensification of the talks and hopefully they could come to a conclusion as quickly as possible, certainly by the end of November we would hope.”