New round of Stormont talks to be announced today

A new round of talks on the restoration of the executive and assembley at Stormont will be confirmed later today.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and the new Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley will hold a press conference around noon to announce that talks between Sinn Féin and the DUP will resume next week.

A number of rounds of talks aimed at restoring the Stormont Executive have failed to produce any agreement.

Government sources says they know there's not a lot of time but they need to make the most of talks as co-guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement.

They also said a lot of work had gone in to get people back around the table.

New Northern Secretary Karen Bradley faces an uphill battle to help restore the executive.

Sinn Fein and the DUP along with reps from the Irish and British governments will meet next Wednesday to try and reach a deal.