Tories and DUP set to face legal challenge as deal nears

21 June 2017, 02:01 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Mr Varadkar referenced the fact it was his first overseas trip as Taoiseach and thanked the prime minister for arranging to meet at such short notice.

But it was his admission that the famous Downing Street address reminded him of a Hugh Grant dance sequence from the film "Love Actually" that stole Tuesday's headlines.

It's my first time in this building so there's a little thrill in it as well.

He also offered condolences on behalf of the Irish people and the Irish government to all those affected by the recent tragedies in London.

"We passed the Grenfell Tower on the way in and saw the destruction that has occurred there".

Any deal to salvage powersharing at Stormont should involve Northern Ireland's five main parties, Simon Coveney has said.

"Everyone in Ireland knows someone, a friend or a relative, who lives in London".

Mr Coveney stressed the importance of having an administration in place during the Brexit process.

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Freight Transport Association Ireland (FTAI) has called on the EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier and the Irish Government to ensure Ireland is made a special case in the forthcoming Brexit talks following confirmation that negotiations with the European Commission will begin on Monday.

As we discussed on this morning's Coffee House Shots podcast, cancelling the 2018 Queen's Speech in favour of a two-year session could be seen as a nakedly political move by May, but ministers are also relieved that it means they can park any hard legislation that does end up on the Queen's Speech vellum until later, when things have settled down.

Last week, Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams went to Downing Street and told Theresa May that an agreement with the DUP would constitute a breach of the Good Friday Agreement, making clear his party will continue to demand a "unity poll", referred to by the Good Friday Agreement as a "border poll".

"'As a United Kingdom government we remain absolutely steadfast in our commitment to the Belfast Agreement (and) its successor agreements".

"Of course what happens in Britain with the Tory Government, and the DUP are hitching their wagon to the Tory Government, will have an impact on what's happening here".

Mr Varadkar confirmed he raised the issue at the meeting.

Both leaders expressed their hope that the parties in Northern Ireland will re-establish the power-sharing executive by the June 29 deadline.



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