Ms Mc Donald said: “We believe that we are close to an agreement which, certainly, we can put to our grassroots and to the community as a whole.” She acknowledged “we are not exactly there just yet” but maintained “there is nothing insurmountable if there is the political will”.
There were no bilateral talks between the two big parties yesterday and the DUP spent much of the day in internal meetings.
But individuals in both groups have raised key issues,” they said.
DUP and Sinn Fein leaders both insisted yesterday that good progress had been made in the talks to restore power-sharing.
“If the intention is to form a stable and effective Executive, then this talks process would need to move to the next stage very rapidly,” he said.
“Further Taliban-like disrespect and contempt for the ancient and venerable Irish language. How can such a venemous attitude build up the Beloved Community in Northern Ireland? Mr Mc Narry said, if such legislation resulted in Irish language signs being placed on the Co Down street where he lives, he would haul it down.
The former Assembly member was commenting on the prospect of an Irish Language Act featuring in any deal between Sinn Féin and the DUP to restore powersharing.
Arlene Foster and Mary Lou Mc Donald were speaking as the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach travelled to Stormont to encourage the parties to finalize an agreement.
Theresa May called for “one final push” to secure a deal and Leo Varadkar said he was “very hopeful” of an agreement being brokered this week.