Six months of negotiations to resolve some of the outstanding issues in the peace process in Northern Ireland have ended without a deal.

Chairman of the talks Dr Richard Haass has admitted he has failed to find consensus among the five political parties on parades, flags and the legacy of the civil unrest. The end-of-year deadline brought no agreement.

“It would have been nice to come out here tonight and say we have all five parties completely signed on to the text. We are not there,” he said after 18 hours of talks.