The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the North is now in crisis mode and the institutions could collapse in the next hour.
Mr Kenny was speaking in Adare this afternoon, hours after he met the SDLP to ask them to support for an adjournment of the Stormont Assembly this afternoon.
If they do not do that, then the DUP will resign from the Executive and fresh elections would be triggered.
The Taoiseach said he hopes the collapse won't happen.
He said: "Clearly the situation is in crisis mode at the moment.
"My hope would be that you still could have an adjournment during which short period you could have possible a number of other issues brought to the table that might influence where we are headed or the future.
"Otherwise a collapse is inevitable and elections to follow."