Significant gaps remain in bid to restore Northern Irish power-sharing: UK PM May's office

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Posted: Oct 16, 2017 11:21 AM

LONDON (Reuters) - Significant gaps still remain between parties attempting to restore Northern Ireland's power-sharing administration, British Prime Minister Theresa May's office said on Monday after she spoke with Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar.

May and Varadkar agreed in a phonecall that it was in the interests of everyone that the executive was restored, but differences remained over issues such as the Irish language. Northern Ireland has been without a devolved administration since its collapse in January, raising the prospect of direct rule being re-imposed from London.

(Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Michael Holden)