McGuinness hopeful new Executive will be in place next week

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said he is hopeful the new Executive will be in place next week. 16271664897_9737ce5da3_k

Speaking after meeting Charlie Flanagan, the Irish government’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Martin McGuinness said;

“I am hopeful the Executive will be in place next week with the appointment of ministers.

“We have been involved in a series of negotiations with parties entitled to be in that administration.

“Those engagements around the creation of a Programme for Government began in December last year and I am hopeful, if parties approach this responsibly, that the discussion will reach an early conclusion and result in an Executive which will include the SDLP and Alliance.” Ends/Críoch