Last-ditch contacts on North executive deadline

The future of the Northern assembly and the power-sharing executive hung in the balance last night, as the Irish and British governments, Sinn Fein, and the people of Northern Ireland waited on the word of the 80-year-oldRev Ian Paisley and his party

24th March, 2007

Frantic behind-the-scenes contacts continued all day yesterday as the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and the British Prime Minister Tony Blair continued to push for agreement from Paisley’s Democratic Unionist Party to enable the executive to be formed tomorrow.

The two men spoke several times during the day. The DUP’s 120-member executive met in Belfast amid deep divisions within the party on the way forward. It is believed that Paisley is stuggling to keep his...

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