Ford says breakthrough is tantalizingly close

Ahead of the resumption of party talks at Hillsborough tomorrow, Alliance Leader David Ford has said that all the progress made in recent days must deliver a deal to safeguard the Assembly.

David Ford said: “So much distance has been travelled that we must successfully complete the journey. As always, political talks in Northern Ireland appear to be a marathon, not a sprint. It is very frustrating for the public and that is why it’s all the more essential that a deal is done.

“Alliance will be back at Hillsborough first thing in the morning to continue our constructive role in forging a deal.

“We are tantalizingly close to a breakthrough and I do not think that any of the parties can allow this effort to fail. We have a duty to the public and they will not accept failure on the part of the DUP and Sinn Fein.”


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