In historic talks – the leaders of Northern Ireland’s two main feuding parties have agreed a power sharing executive from May 8. Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley and Sinn Fein premier Gerry Adams were in talks to restore devolution – after the Northern Ireland Assembly was suspended in October 2002.
Initial talks at the Stormont Assembly at noon were abandoned but this latest announcement came at 12.30 this afternoon. The news comes after Secretary of State Peter Hain earlier said that Northern Ireland’s devolution deadline of midnight on Monday may be allowed “to slip” if the parties agree to cooperate.
Mr Paisley had previously banned direct dialogue with Sinn Fein amid the party’s alleged alliance with the IRA, thought to be responsible for hundreds of killings during three decades of sectarian conflict.