New Northern Ireland talks process to begin on May 7

# 01:32
27 April 2019

Prime Minister Theresa May and Taoiseach (Irish PM) Leo Varadkar have issued a joint statement setting up a new talks process aimed at restoring devolution in Northern Ireland, ONA reports citing BBC.

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley confirmed fresh talks would begin on 7 May.

Earlier this week, the two premiers attended the funeral of Lyra McKee.

At the funeral, priest Fr Martin Magill asked why it had taken her killing to unite politicians in Northern Ireland.

This was followed by a series of calls for a fresh round of talks, aimed at reviving the power-sharing government at Stormont.

Northern Ireland has been without devolution since January 2017 when Sinn Féin collapsed the coalition government in protest at the DUP's handling of a green energy scandal.

Since then, several rounds of talks aimed at restoring the Northern Ireland Assembly have failed, with the two parties failing to find a compromise on a number of outstanding issues including Irish language rights and the legalisation of same-sex marriage.