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Ireland's Minister of Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney attends an informal meeting of European Union Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Tallinn, Estonia September 7, 2017. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins


DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland's foreign minister said he hopes that talks to restore Northern Ireland's power-sharing government can reach a successful outcome by the end of the week with some further, final steps by the negotiating parties.

"This week is an important week in the context of Northern Ireland and I hope we will have a successful outcome by the end of the week," Simon Coveney, Dublin's representative in the talks, told Ireland's upper house of parliament.

(Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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