Occupied Ireland: Governments urge parties to re-establish executive

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The US, UK and Irish governments have urged political parties in Northern Ireland to re-establish a devolved administration. Sinn Fein secured the most seats in the assembly election, a first for a nationalist party in Northern Ireland. Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill is in line to become first minister, if the DUP nominate a deputy first minister. However, Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis has played down the prospect of a border poll being called. The Northern Ireland secretary said the election results were ‘significant,’ but pointed out that unionists still have more seats than nationalists at the Northern Ireland Assembly. ‘So I think the focus at the moment quite rightly is on getting Stormont back up and running,’ he told BBC NI’s Sunday Politics programme.” (05/08/22)