The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell, has told the Dáil that the St Andrews Agreement is clearly the way forward for Northern Ireland.

Mr McDowell said that while both the Irish and British governments would continue to play a positive role, the issues could only be ultimately resolved by goodwill on the part of the public representatives in Northern Ireland.

He said now was the time for people to show leadership, bravery and commitment.

The Tánaiste's comments came a day after the DUP pulled out of a meeting with Sinn Féin in a row about how ministers in a power-sharing administration would demonstrate their support for the PSNI.