Fresh Northern Ireland powersharing talks 'must lead to deal in weeks'

A fresh round of talks to restore powersharing in Northern Ireland must find a solution in "weeks rather than months", leaders have been warned.

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley and Irish foreign affairs minister Simon Coveney confirmed at Stormont that fresh negotiations will begin next Wednesday.

Mrs Bradley said there were still "significant difficulties to overcome" but she believed a resolution is possible.

A deal must be secured in "weeks rather than months", Mr Coveney said.

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