It has been 589 days since the Catholic-Protestant power-sharing administration in Northern Ireland collapsed over a botched green-energy project.
Sinn Fein has shared power in the British province of Northern Ireland since 2007 and is in talks to restore devolved government there, but it has never governed in the Republic where it has established itself as the third largest party.
Northern Ireland's main political parties Sinn Fein and DUP have been in talks to form a government since an election in March but are yet to come to an agreement.
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