Tanaiste Micheal Martin meets with political parties to discuss the budget crisis and powersharing deadlock at Stormont.
Why it matters
The ongoing powersharing deadlock and budget crisis in Northern Ireland could have significant implications for governance and public services in the region.
What the papers say
The Independent highlights the urgency in restoring powersharing institutions and the need for additional funding, while BBC News focuses on the ongoing discussions and the importance of addressing the Northern Ireland protocol.
How we got here
The powersharing executive at Stormont collapsed last year due to the Democratic Unionist Party's protest against post-Brexit trading rules, leading to a governance gap and financial pressures.
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The Democratic Unionist Party is a unionist political party in Northern Ireland favouring British identity. It was founded in 1971 during the Troubles by Ian Paisley, who led the party for the next 37 years.
Micheál Martin is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who has served as Taoiseach since June 2020, and Leader of Fianna Fáil since 2011.
Sir Jeffrey Mark Donaldson is a British politician who is the Democratic Unionist Party Member of Parliament for Lagan Valley in Northern Ireland.
Sinn Féin is a centre-left to left-wing Irish republican political party active in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Parliament Buildings, often referred to as Stormont because of its location in the Stormont Estate area of Belfast, is the seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly, the devolved legislature for the region.