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Blair under pressure to exclude Sinn Fein from Stormont

Tony Blair will come under increasing pressure to get the suspended Northern Ireland Assembly up and running without Sinn Fein.
He is having separate Downing Street meetings later today with Gerry Adams and the Rev Ian Paisley in a bid to get the peace process back on track.

It is the first time the Prime Minister will have met them since the General Election, but with Unionist confidence in the republican leadership at an all-time low following December's £25.6 million.

Northern Bank raid, officials in Belfast, London and Dublin are

holding out little hope of an early breakthrough.

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