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Summary

  1. NI secretary says there's "no appetite" for another election after deadline passes without a deal to form new power-sharing executive
  2. James Brokenshire is to make a further statement in parliament tomorrow
  3. DUP and Sinn Féin, blame each other for the impasse and collapse of talks
  4. Planned assembly session to appoint a first and deputy first minister was cancelled

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  1. Goodnight

    So, another day of stalemate at Stormont... what's new, you might well ask?

    The deadline has passed to form a new executive and there's nothing in place, so it looks like it's back to the talks table for the political parties.

    Parliament Buildings at Stormont

    We'll hopefully find out what Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire's plan is tomorrow when he gives a statement in the House of Commons.

    But until then, that's all from us - goodnight.

  2. Devolution must be based on equality - SF

    Sinn Féin's Gerry Kelly denies that the party are not interested in getting devolution back, saying "no-one has worked harder than ourselves to try and get these institutions to work".

    Gerry Kelly

    "But they have to work on the basis of equality and on the basis of respect and that has not been there," he says.

  3. Process was shambolic, says Elliott

    Ulster Unionist Tom Elliott has described the talks process as shambolic and said the DUP and Sinn Féin are incapable of doing a deal on their own.

    Tom Elliott

    "The secretary of state was weak in letting the talks drift along and appears to have seen his role as a facilitator rather than as a convenor. He needs to take a grip of the situation," he added.

  4. Parties can agree within two weeks - Ahern

    Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern says a deadline to reach agreement should be set at Easter, but he's optimistic that minor issues can be ironed out sooner than that.

    Bertie Ahern

    "Most of them are not complicated issues; most of them are issues that were thrashed out in the run up to last year's election," he says.

    "I really think that if they put their heads to this, and their commitment and trust into each other, they can wrap this up in two weeks."

  5. End political impotence - Eastwood

    Political "impotence" at Stormont can't continue and the parties must return to the talks table, SDLP leader Colum Eastwood says.

    Colum Eastwood and SDLP colleagues

    "We are facing an immediate budgetary crisis; we are days away from the triggering of Article 50," he adds.

    "What's needed now is a new, structured dialogue to take the place of the shapeless process that has concluded - a resolution is possible."

  6. Dodds questions SF's commitment

    The DUP's Nigel Dodds says Sinn Féin's approach to the talks raises questions about whether their focus is really on restoring devolution, or do they want to "sit out" difficult decisions that will have to be made in government. 

    Nigel Dodds

    "The jury is out on Sinn Féin's position at the moment and I think they will have to be tested. We are certainly up for devolution," he said.  

  7. Parties must get serious - Long

    Parties need to "get serious" about striking a deal in the extended negotiating window, Alliance Party leader Naomi Long says.

    Naomi Long and Alliance Party colleagues

    "It is unthinkable a project made up of 25 years of hope, time and effort from many quarters could be thrown away so lightly," she adds.

    "If people are sincere about reaching a deal, there is no reason things cannot get serious, immediately."  

  8. People will ask: 'What's different this time?'

    Gareth Gordon

    BBC News NI Political Correspondent

    Ultimately, the Stormont crisis will be resolved by the parties themselves getting around the table, supported by the government.

    Parliament Buildings at Stormont

    People will say: 'Is that not what we just had?' and 'What will be different this time?' James Brokenshire did not give us any of those details.

    Read more here .

  9. 'Significant gaps remain'

    Mr Brokenshire says there's been progress on a number of issues, including setting a budget, a programme for government, and legacy issues.

    He added: "There remain significant gaps between parties over issues surrounding culture and identity."

    James Brokenshire

    The secretary of state says there is an "overwhelming desire" for "strong and stable devolved government" and "no appetite for any alternative".

  10. Flanagan 'deeply regrets' talks collapse

    The Irish Foreign Affairss Minister Charlie Flanagan has expressed his "deep regret" that a deal has not been possible.

    Charlie Flanagan

    "It is particularly concerning that a vacuum in devolved government in Northern Ireland should now be occurring just as the island of Ireland faces up to the many serious challenges represented by the UK exit from the EU," he said.

    "The Irish Government will continue to advocate very strongly for Northern Ireland's interests to be protected. However, there is no substitute for an executive speaking with one voice on these critical issues."

  11. Brokenshire: 'No appetite for snap election'

    The secretary of state says he does not believe there is any appetite "for any immediate snap election".

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    "We now have a small window of opportunity" to find agreement,he says.

  12. Scene is set

    We're waiting for a statement from Secretary of State James Brokenshire - he's set to appear any moment. 

    Secretary of State press conference
  13. Deadline passes

    The 4pm deadline to appoint first and deputy first ministers and form an executive has passed without agreement. 

    James Brokenshire

    Secretary of State James Brokenshire is expected to announce shortly whether he will allow negotiations to continue, call another election or reimpose direct rule from London.

  14. What next for the budget?

    John Campbell

    BBC News NI Economics and Business Editor

    With no deal at Stormont, no budget will be passed for the new financial year - so what now? Well, public services won't grind to a halt.

    David Sterling

    Instead, the most senior civil servant at the Department of Finance, David Sterling, will use emergency powers to keep some money flowing.

    Read more: No Stormont budget - what happen next?

  15. 'Budget requires immediate action'

    The voluntary and community sectors are being severely impacted by a lack of an agreed Stormont budget and uncertainty over funding, the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) says.

    Seamus McAleavey

    Failure to agree a political deal means it will be up to the civil service to set a budget.

    NICVA chief executive Seamus McAleavey (pictured) says: "NICVA fears that, even before further cuts are confirmed, the current uncertainty on funding for next year will be extremely damaging to organisations seeking to provide continuity of services and retain worried staff."

  16. DUP: Brokenshire is 'best person you could get'

    The World at One

    BBC Radio 4

    Ian Paisley Junior, Democratic Unionist Party MP in Northern Ireland, has said "there is a deliberate attitude to undermine" Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire by Sinn Féin. 

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    Video caption: 'We're open for the process to move forward,' says DUP MP Ian Paisley Junior

    Mr Paisley told Martha Kearney on BBC Radio Four the DUP was not opposed to compromise on the Irish language act but that they are "issues that the legislature should be dealing with, not negotiation".