Northern Ireland

Taoiseach says time not right for reform of Good Friday Agreement

Micheál Martin has said current system is ‘not fit for purpose’, but that improvements should be explored in the longer term rather than now

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Chris Heaton-Harris, secretary of state for Northern Ireland. Picture: WPA Pool/Getty

The Irish government does not believe now is the time for reform of Northern Ireland’s political institutions, despite increasing calls for the Good Friday Agreement to be revisited in light of the deadlock at Stormont.

A spokesman for the Taoiseach said that while the government was open to reform of the North’s institutions, these should not be considered as a short-term solution to the current political crisis, but rather looked at over a longer time ...