Northern Ireland Leaders Make Headway on Government Agreement
Despite a rift that threatened to tear apart the government of Northern Ireland, it appears as though a deal may be reached after all. The Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein have reportedly moved closer to an agreement regarding the sharing of power, following lengthy discussions this past week.
Sinn Fein and the DUP have had a loose partnership for over two years. However, it was widely believed that the partnership might disintegrate without coalescence on a number of key issues. According to a number of officials, including Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, the two sides are moving closer to an agreement that would not only maintain the coalition but would also likely preserve the government and avert major restructuring.
While he acknowledged that there is still a great deal to work out, Adams stated that he was “satisfied that they know that there’s going to be a necessity of a deal, and very soon.”