Power being restored across Ireland, except in the NI Executive

Inside Politics: Sinn Féin and DUP are as far away as ever from getting the lights back on at Stormont

There is a belief in Dublin, as well as London, that Michelle O’Neill was ready to do a deal but was effectively blocked by senior members in Sinn Féin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

There is a belief in Dublin, as well as London, that Michelle O’Neill was ready to do a deal but was effectively blocked by senior members in Sinn Féin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

As crews across Ireland, North and South, work to restore power to thousands of homes and businesses following Storm Ophelia, Sinn Féin and the DUP are as far away as ever from getting the lights turned back on at Stormont.

A general sense took hold late last week a deal was close, with the Belfast News Letter reporting on Saturday that Arlene Foster’s party was informally sounding out selected members about the possible shape of a deal.

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