The DUP has called for direct rule from London.
DUP LEADER ARLENE Foster has said that talks on forming a government in Northern Ireland have failed on the issue of the Irish language.
In a statement this afternoon, Foster said that she “respects the Irish language” but that her party cannot agree to a standalone Irish Language Act, as is sought by Sinn Féin.
The DUP has said that any legislation must be expanded to be a more wider-ranging piece of law that also includes aspects of unionist culture.
The issue has proven to be the main sticking point in over a year of negotiations but in the past week it had been thought that progress has been made.
But Foster now appears to have said that no deal is possible and that the British government should take over direct rule once more in Northern Ireland.
“I have made it consistently clear that unionists will not countenance a stand alone or free standing Irish Language Act. Sinn Fein’s insistence on a stand alone Irish Language Act means that we have reached an impasse,” Foster said.