ANTI-Irish language protestors made their opinions known as the small group stood outside Stormont today.
It comes as talks to restore devolution were back underway, aimed at breaking almost three years of political deadlock in the North of Ireland.
Newry and Armagh MLA Conor Murphy made the comment following the first roundtable discussion of the new year after the talks were paused for the festive period.
He sees “no need” to draw the talks out until the January 13 deadline.
The latest process, which was initiated in the wake of the general election, was paused over the festive period after a pre-Christmas deal failed to materialise.
The Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein held separate meetings with Mr Smith, before a roundtable with the other Stormont parties and the Irish Government.
He added: “We think agreement can be reached in short order, we don’t see any need to run this down to the wire to January 13 in some kind of dramatic way.”
He added that some of the issues where agreement remains to be reached, with the language provision – a major stumbling block previously – being one of them.