The governments of the Irish and British governments have published a draft deal to restore Stormont, recalling the assembly on Friday to see if the parties will appear and sign it.
The British Secretary of Northern Ireland, Julian Smith, has asked the speaker of the ruined house to hold a meeting on Friday morning without the Stormont parties having already agreed to all the proposals.
The daring move comes without the DUP or Sinn Féin publicly indicating their willingness to agree to the terms of the deal – called “” New Decade, New Approach “.
On Friday a strike will take place by health workers in the region.
Smith said the government offered a large financial package, which would mean that the strike would not go ahead if the parties restored the institutions.
“We talked for three years and there is finally a good deal on the table that all parties can support,” he said.
Tánaiste Simon Coveney said the deal was “full of compromises”.
Mr. Coveney said people should tell their politicians to seize the opportunity and close the deal.
“It is now time for their politicians to step up their duties and fully represent them,” he said.
“It’s time to show leadership and return to powersharing in Stormont.”
The deal represents the joint assessment by governments of how long-standing quarrels about issues such as the Irish language can be resolved.
Smith said the parties realized that they had reached a critical moment.
“We have one chance to get this right and I have no doubt that everyone realizes that this opportunity exists now,” he said.
Mr Coveney said that political leaders had a choice – whether they wanted to comply with the proposals with generosity or negativity.
“There is no such thing as a perfect deal and therefore parties have to make choices about how they react,” he said.
“This is the chance for people to take – the alternatives are not good.”
The impasse focused on proposals for Irish legislation; reform of a controversial Assembly voting mechanism; and plans to collapse institutions less rapidly in the future.
The parties had worked on a Monday deadline to restore the settings.
Earlier, Jeffrey Donaldson, the leader of the DUP in Westminster, said the party was not yet able to sign up for the proposals.
“We are continuing to discuss these issues both internally and externally,” he said.
“We continue to represent the interests of all residents of Northern Ireland in striving for an agreement that will ensure that this place runs on a safe and sustainable basis.”
Sinn Féin vice president Michelle O’Neill said that her party was at Stormont to “do the business”, but briefly stopped saying it was satisfied with the government deal.
“Our determination is to make politics work,” she said.
“All parties are needed to make politics work.
“It must be a sustainable and credible government. It will have to become a government that actually puts equality at the center. “
Mrs. O’Neill insisted that the deadline was a “real one.”
On Monday, legislation will expire to give officials additional powers to manage the troubled public services in the region, and the British government is taking on the legal obligation to hold a new election for the assembly.