British Government to introduce Irish language act in Northern Ireland by October

Mary Lou Mc Donald press conference beside Carson's statue on Stormont estate. She is flanked by party colleagues Michelle O'Neill and Conor Murphy

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McDonald said on Twitter: "The British Govt has tonight agreed to legislate for Acht Gaeilge".

"This is the only way to break the cycle of DUP obstruction of rights".

"We share significant challenges ahead to build economic and societal recovery as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic".

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"However, following my intensive negotiations with the parties over the last few days, I can confirm that if the Executive has not progressed legislation by the end of September, the UK Government will take the legislation through Parliament in Westminster", he said.

"This would be better done in the Assembly as agreed previous year but it is welcome that the Secretary of State has given an assurance these positive measures agreed in support of linguistic diversity and cultural expression in Northern Ireland are now to be put in place through legislation in Westminster if necessary", Mr Coveney said.

Earlier, Sinn Fein members left Stormont around 7.30pm in a three-car-convoy, which drove past the media without stopping for comment, despite members previously indicating they would.

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Edwin Poots has resigned as leader of the DUP. The pair also drove from Stormont House without speaking to the media.

Former DUP leader Arlene Foster's resignation as first minister on Monday set a seven-day clock running within which her successor, Lagan Valley MLA Mr Givan, must be appointed.

The development came after a night of talks involving Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis and DUP and Sinn Féin delegations in Belfast.

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Sinn Fein will therefore participate fully in the five-party executive, McDonald said in a statement, clearing the way for Givan to become first minister.

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