The Irish and British governments are planning to commence talks involving all major parties in Northern Ireland in a bid to restore power-sharing at Stormont.
It's expected the announcement will be made when the Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Northern Secretary Karen Bradley hold a joint press conference in Belfast later.
It's despite ongoing divisions between Sinn Fein and the DUP - which has led to the impasse that's lasted over two years.
The pressure on both parties to find an agreement has grown since the murder of Lyra McKee in Derry.
Belfast based security correspondent Alan Murray outlines what's likely to happen: