Sinn Fein backs power-sharing deal that returns Northern Ireland government

Sinn Fein has backed a deal to restore power-sharing in Northern Ireland, with president Mary Lou McDonald saying there was the “basis” for an agreement.

The DUP had already signalled its support for the draft deal proposed by the UK and Irish governments meaning the two parties will re-enter a mandatory coalition in Belfast.

President Mary Lou McDonald said: “We now have the basis to restore power sharing, and we’re up for that.

“There’s no doubt there are serious challenges ahead; the impact of Brexit, austerity and other pressing issues.

“But the biggest and most significant challenge will be ensuring we have genuine power sharing build on equality, respect and integrity.”

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