Seamus Mallon was a bridge-builder who dedicated himself to peacemaking, the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland has told mourners at his funeral.
Leaders of the five main Stormont parties have jointly asked for an assembly members’ pay rise to be deferred.
All five of the main parties in Northern Ireland are to come together to form the region’s new powersharing executive.
Stormont’s incoming first minister Arlene Foster has vowed to get Northern Ireland moving again ahead of business resuming at the Assembly.
A former Downing Street and Treasury adviser has been selected as SDLP Assembly member for South Belfast.
“Buoyant” business leaders have predicted a Stormont powersharing deal could be sealed within hours.
Stormont’s smaller parties have expressed frustration at delays accessing UK and Irish government proposals to restore devolution.
Agreement to restore powersharing in Northern Ireland can be reached in the short term, Sinn Fein has insisted, but the DUP has cautioned against “quick fix solutions”.
DUP leader Arlene Foster has called on the British Government to end decision-making “limbo” in Northern Ireland after officials said they would not appeal against a court judgment seriously limiting their powers.