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The Prime Minister Theresa May has had a telephone call
with the Taoiseach Enda Kenny this evening about the
It has also emerged that the Secretary of
State James Brokenshire is to hold meetings with the main parties and
the Justice Minister Claire Sugden over the next 24 hours.
Earlier, the DUP leader Arlene Foster said if
But she said she also remains open to discussions with the parties
to see if a way forward can be found.
Going to the polls though looks increasingly likely
following yesterday's resignation of Martin McGuinness
Our Political Correspondent Gareth Gordon reports.
More dark clouds than rays of light, but all
Not these ones stacked in the great Hall,
but the ones which we knew had a place in the assembly chamber
I have no doubt that if the election proceeds, it will be a
It will be a very difficult election and with Sinn
Fein indicating that they're not going back, there are
those of us who will also want to look at
the construction of the
institutions to see what we can do better,
because I think that there is
no doubt, if you look back at our documents
always said mandatory coalition as a first
step towards moving to voluntary coalition
and so we will want to look those issues as well
after an election, if it takes place.
So, undoubtedly, we're in for a period of direct rule.
24 hours after her partner in Government told
her he was leaving, Arlene Foster sprung a surprise.
A public inquiry into the heating scandal could be
We're very keen that it is set up for all the reasons I have
The fact that from a political point of view I think it
is needed to restore the confidence in the institutions and also for me
personally to be able to regain my integrity, which has
been constantly maligned over this past number of
weeks and months, so it's important that we get this inquiry up and
running as quickly as possible and I hope
it'll be in place before the
Martin McGuinness thanked well-wishers.
Whether his health issues will allow him to even run an
election is not clear but others are ready.
We've had two max uprising elections, Brexit and then the
I think we have unprecedented anger about this
scandal where there are so many unknowns that there is all to play
for if we go to an election and we will go on very confidently.
What should be happening now is the Secretary of State
and the Irish Foreign Minister should be convening
talks with all five parties, not just with the two that have caused
the problems of last 14 months, to see what
structures before we have the election campaign.
The next steps are as uncertain as Stormont's future.
Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams has rejected a DUP claim that there could be
a long period of direct rule if there's no agreement
BBC Newsline's Tara Mills has been talking to the Sinn Fein president.
So, you see, if you're against half a
billion of money being flushed down the drain or possibly into
someone's pocket, if you are against that,
equality, if you value the progress that has been made, and unionist
leaders have played a role in that process, if you want that to
continue, then come out and vote and vote
accordingly to make sure that
the institutions that are put in place will be sustainable
and will be based upon fairness, decency,
But what you've done means the money is going
to go down the drain until the election process
is completed and it also means that there can't be a
short-term inquiry as the one you had suggested.
That could take years, so you have undoubtedly got
what she wanted or what you set out to get.
And that's why Martin felt that his position was untenable.
What are the other consequences of Martin McGuinness resigning is that
there is no voice, there is no nationalist voice in the Brexit
negotiations because you don't have a voice
at Westminster, so we are
You have detached electorate away from the Brexit
We published a document strategy on Brexit, we have argued
for the North to be treated with a special designated status...
If you're not there, how can you hope...
We couldn't get that done anyway because the DUP are for
Brexit and against the majority vote which says that the people want to
The fallout from not having a functioning Executive could be far
Sara Neill has been speaking to some groups who believe
For many nationalists, the straw that broke
withdrawal of funding to the Irish language scheme.
It targeted the most marginalised with in the
community, people who couldn't afford to send their children,
people who couldn't attend to themselves.
You're talking about pennies in terms of the overall budget and it
was seen as crass and as an outrageous attack.
The findings of the oracle institution of query
allegedly made public later this month but without a solid
Government, victims say they are the real losers,
a sentiment echoed by those affected by the Troubles.
We just don't want to believe that as
soon as Sir Anthony's report was ready and
delivered on Friday, that
the collapse of the Government and the collapse of our dreams and hopes
and desires that this was going to be our day.
I think the losers in this process are the people, either
citizens and in particular, those citizens that were so badly affected
by the Troubles and lost loved ones, lost limbs and they were having some
sort of hopes raised by the Stormont Agreement
We were assured it would be a fresh start
and now the whole thing is
In business, we know that markets hate uncertainty
and it is feared that this political instability could cast a shadow over
economic growth and later a slowdown in the construction industry.
The industry was already in a very fragile position, beginning to make
a recovery after ten long years and that just adds further
uncertainty to an industry that quite frankly
can play a very important role in economic growth,
I've never seen a time when we need strong leadership more
than we do now in advance of Article 50 being triggered in March.
We need to have that Northern Ireland voice
out there, we had very unique circumstances that the rest of the
UK do not face and who is going to be talking for us at those
In the second week of January, little more than 24 hours
after Martin McGuinness stepped down, it's still not clear what lies
in store for the people of Northern Ireland
and if there is an election, what change that could bring.
What is clear is that the events of yesterday at Stormont will be felt
Other news now, and a nine-year-old boy's in a critical condition
after being knocked down by a car in Liscolman near
A man in his seventies has been arrested.
One other story tonight, a County Antrim husband and wife
have admitted helping the murderers of a Randalstown businessman
Wing Fu Cheung, also known as Nelson Cheung,
was stabbed to death near Randalstown in 2015.
Gary and Lisa Thompson had previously denied
all charges against them, but entered new guilty pleas
Four people have now been convicted in connection with the killing.
Good evening. Temperatures today have been up to 10-11 . Go to those
values in half an ad on the wind and that is what it will be like
tomorrow. A wind warning will come into effect later tonight. It will
drag in showers, most frequently in the North West. In the south-east,
temperatures could get low enough for ice and by morning, gales or on
the north coast. Tomorrow, we can expect a windy day everywhere which
will make it feel much colder. Those winds could be quite damaging in
places. There will also be some dry weather, bright with a ransom is a
mostly rain showers falling through the cause of the day. Snow showers
over the Scottish mountains, severe gales across much of Scotland as
well as north-east England. Further south across Britain and in the
Republic of Ireland, there will be sunshine and a view showers in the
West. A cold, windy day with some sunshine but also rain tomorrow.
Tomorrow night, however, those showers will turn increasingly
wintry and we can expect snow and ice on Thursday and Friday.
Particularly in the north and west and over the hills. There will be
snow in particular. Don't be surprised that if by Thursday there
is a bit of snow just about anywhere.
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