In the wake of the collapse of the cross-party talks to restore the Northern Ireland power-sharing government at Stormont, the Irish and British governments have vowed that they will try to get the talks back on track. 

Ireland's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister (Tanaiste) Simon Coveney stated that despite some initial speculation, the collapse of the talks would not result in a return to direct rule from Westminster. 

“The focus now has to be on trying to get these discussions back on track so that the two governments can find a way to find a way of ensuring that the institutions that are the heartbeat of the Good Friday Agreement can be re-established,” Coveney told Irish broadcaster RTE.

“Certainly there is no appetite to move towards direct rule (from London)... The statement from the DUP was so unwelcome and so disappointing, but that doesn’t mean we give up.”

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