Northern Ireland Assembly parties reject DUP adjournment proposal


Parties in the Northern Ireland Assembly have voted to reject a Democratic Unionist proposal to adjourn the power-sharing institutions - a move that brings suspension or collapse a step closer.

First Minister Peter Robinson has said his ministers will resign - forcing the fall of Stormont power sharing - if his proposal failed or the British Government does not suspend the institutions.

It follows a murder linked to members of the IRA which has rocked the political institutions.

The Democratic Unionists have sought suspension or adjournment of the Assembly until intensive cross-party talks on the paramilitarism crisis are completed and have halted meetings of the ministerial Executive.