Fianna Fáil says that a coalition between itself and Sinn Féin is not an impossibility, but would be predicated on Mary Lou McDonald’s party “dealing with the issues” raised by Micheál Martin in the aftermath of Thursday's Dáil votes for Taoiseach.
It would be mackerel stupid to believe that the international campaign to expel Saddam Hussein’s army from Kuwait in 1990 was undertaken, at vast expense in lives, treasure, and political-system capital, to defend democracy — or for what then passed, and still does, for democracy in the Middle East. There was other, far more lucrative skin in that game.
Victims of historical child abuse have urged Northern Ireland's politicians to release compensation which has been blocked due to Stormont's collapse, as talks aimed at restoring powersharing enter their final hours.
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has issued a clear ultimatum to DUP leader Arlene Foster, saying last-ditch talks with the party to prevent an election will only be “credible” if she agrees to fully step aside by Monday.
Sinn Féin has warned a collapse of the powersharing institutions at Stormont is an option if First Minister Arlene Foster refuses to stand down to allow a probe into her handling of a botched green energy scheme.