Talks aimed at breaking almost three years of political deadlock in Northern Ireland will continue on Monday.

The Stormont parties have until 13 January to reach a deal to restore power sharing or a new assembly election could be called.

NI has been without devolved government since January 2017, when the DUP and Sinn Féin split in a bitter row.

Over the weekend, the NI secretary met some of the parties and Irish language campaigners.

Proposed legislation for an Irish language act and reforming the petition of concern, the assembly’s controversial veto system, are among the key sticking points in the ongoing talks.

On Sunday, Irish language group Conradh na Gaeilge described its meeting with Secretary of State Julian Smith as “productive” and that it got “a fair

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