RTÉ News: Elections by end of year: NI Secretary

The Northern Secretary, Paul Murphy, has said that the British government is aiming to hold Assembly elections in the North before the end of the year.

The Northern Secretary said progress in talks with the North's parties had been made and holding elections before the end of the year was the aim of the British government.

Mr Murphy said it would not be easy but that everybody wanted devolution to go forward.

He was speaking in Staffordshire at a memorial ceremony for serving members of the British Army, the RUC and the Prison Service of Northern Ireland, who lost their lives over the past 30 years.

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