Last ditch talks to restore self-rule in Northern Ireland are taking place today. British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his Irish counterpart Bertie Ahern will be hosting the three day marathon at St Andrews, in Scotland. Representative’s from the province’s five main parties will try to thrash out an agreement. But it is feared that long-term difficulties between Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionist party could scupper the talks. Stormont, is home to the power sharing institutions. The Belfast-based Assembly has been on hold since 2002 amid allegations of a Republican spy ring there. Direct rule from London has been in place ever since.