Welsh leader to address Stormont


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The first minister of Wales is expected to visit Stormont later this month to talk to local politicians about the benefits of devolution.

It is believed that Rhodri Morgan will talk to assembly members in the Stormont senate chamber on 11 September.

Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell visited the assembly in May.

He offered a "hand of friendship" to assembly members in a speech in the senate chamber.

Mr McConnell told MLAs he did not want to tell them how to conduct politics.

However, he said that devolution in Scotland had boosted confidence and helped tackle long-standing problems.

Devolved government in Northern Ireland has been suspended since October 2002.

The British government has set the local parties a deadline of 24 November to restore it.