Theresa Villers, who served as Northern Ireland Secretary from 2012 - 2016 has been quoted as calling British Parliamentary oversight in Northern Ireland "inevitable."
In a recent interview with Sky News, Villiers urged Sinn Fein and the DUP to resume talks despite the collapse over the Irish Language Act.
At the same time, she acknowledged that some intervention from Westminster would be in store, especially with regards to local governments in Northern Ireland.
"I hope that the immediate next move is that the leaders of the DUP and Sinn Fein will keep talking to one another, to the Northern Ireland Secretary and that attempts to reach an accommodation will carry on.
"But also it looks inevitable that there will need to be Westminster legislation to set a budget and sort out various other key issues because time has run out."