Another attempt will be made to restore the Stormont Assembly. MLAs will attend on Wednesday after 30 members signed a recall petition.

They will aim to elect a speaker and debate a motion on the cost-of-living crisis.

But the attempt to restore the institutions will fail as the DUP is still refusing to support the election of a speaker as part of its campaign against the Northern Ireland Protocol.

A speaker must be elected on a cross-community basis, which necessitates DUP support.

If a speaker is not elected, MLAs cannot proceed to debate the motion.

The motion expresses concern that a £600 fuel payment promised to households in Northern Ireland by the UK government in the spring, has still not been delivered.

Energy support payments are already being rolled out in other parts of the UK.

The DUP's political opponents say the absence of a Stormont executive is hindering progress.

The DUP says a decision by the UK government to change the payout mechanism has delayed it.

The UK government had promised the payment as a top-up to electricity accounts. But it now wants to build in the option for people to cash in a proportion of it.

That is because so many people in Northern Ireland rely on oil for home heating.

Homeowners have been told it is unlikely they will get the cash until after Christmas.

There have been several attempts to restore the Stormont institutions since May's Assembly elections, but all have ended in failure.

Assembly should not be 'a hostage to any one party'

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the Northern Ireland Assembly should not be "a hostage to any one party", adding that he strongly believes the Democratic Unionist Party should take its place in the Executive, and "ensure the functioning" of government in Northern Ireland.

Speaking at Dublin Castle during a Shared Island initiative media event, he said when elections happen there is an "obligation" on those elected to fulfill the mandate of the people, adding he made the same point when Sinn Féin walked out of the Executive a number of years ago.

Regarding Sinn Féin, he said the party needed to explain "... the ongoing attempt to justify the past and justify the 30 years of violence and some terrible atrocities".

He said the carrying out of punishment beatings on young people by Republicans was one such area.

"When you reflect on the physical and emotional trauma visited on a lot of young people in the North. But no one ever hears of any attempt to reach out or to reconcile or to atone and say that was wrong... we shouldn't have done that... potentially destroying a lot of young people's lives," he said.