Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley has said she still thinks a deal can be done between the DUP and Sinn Féin to restore power sharing at Stormont. 

Speaking on a visit to Belfast, Ms Bradley said she will be assessing the options open to her over the weekend and will be making a statement in the House of Commons next Tuesday. 

She said it had been a difficult week, and said what was important is that politicians put aside their differences where possible and come together to govern for the people of Northern Ireland. 

She said: "I will do all I can to get devolved government back into Stormont because I genuinely believe that is the best thing for the people of Northern Ireland." 

Ms Bradley also said she did not want to get into the details of why the negotiations broke down, saying she was not in the discussions, but was facilitating them. 

Ms Bradley also defended the British Prime Minister's intervention in the talks earlier this week. 

Theresa May’s visit to Belfast on Monday was criticised by DUP leader, Arlene Foster as being a "distraction".

However Ms Bradley defended Mrs May visit, saying: "The Prime Minister is the Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and it is absolutely right that she should come and visit Northern Ireland." 

Meanwhile, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said he believes there is room for further talks to restore power-sharing. 

Speaking to RTÉ’s News at One, Mr Coveney said if there is an appetite within Sinn Féin, and particularly the DUP, then "this can work". 

Mr Coveney said that he thinks the DUP wants devolved government and had difficult debates within the party in the past week. 

He said that the only way to get a functioning devolved government is to understand the difficulties facing the parties.  

The Irish Government, he said, was not going to allow the Good Friday Agreement to fall apart.