Following the tragic and mindless murder of journalist Lyra McKee, the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland announced that all sides will be embarking on trying to get the power sharing agreement back online.
We have been without a Northern Ireland Assembly for over two years. The peace process is under tremendous strain because of other factors outside of Northern Irish politics – such as Brexit – and we need an executive back in Northern Ireland making decisions for their people.
I wanted to draw the Secretary of State’s attention to the St Andrew agreement struck by Tony Blair and the Northern Ireland office last time power sharing collapsed. We need focus from the very top of government to bring an end to this stalemate and restore peaceful local rule.