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Assembly to reconvene on Monday
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The assembly session will reconvene on Monday
The Northern Ireland Assembly is expected to meet again on Monday to resume proceedings disrupted by a security alert.

It will hear a report on the security implications of the incident at the entrance to Parliament Buildings.

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern welcomed what he called further clarity from the DUP leader on his intention to accept the job of first minister.

Sinn Fein said Martin McGuinness was its choice for deputy first minister.

BBC Northern Ireland political editor Mark Devenport said the meeting would be taking place at 1030 GMT on Monday.

"This will enable them to finish the proceedings interrupted by the incident at the front door.

DUP leader Ian Paisley
Ian Paisley has said he will accept the first minister's job

"In Dublin, Bertie Ahern said the comments by the DUP leader during the assembly meeting had not been the clear indication of intent the governments had been expecting.

"However, the taoiseach welcomed Ian Paisley's later clarification that he would accept the first minister's job provided his conditions are met.

"The DUP insists there is no internal split over power sharing.

"But referring to a statement from 12 assembly members emphasising that no status should be given to either the potential first or deputy first ministers, the Ulster Unionist leader Sir Reg Empey, claimed Dr Paisley was now facing an unprecedented challenge.

"Sir Reg described the rumblings within both the Free Presbyterian Church and the DUP as a dramatic development by any stretch of the imagination."

Meanwhile, Martin McGuinness has called for a review of security operations at Stormont.

Speaking on BBC's Inside Politics, Mr McGuinness said:"Quite obviously in light of the events there has to be a review".

"I think that review should not be knee-jerk and it certainly shouldn't be an over-reaction to what happened."


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