NI parties asked to respond on key talks issues

Cheryl Sanders
June 20, 2017

May's Conservatives have been in talks with the DUP after the prime minister's party failed to win a majority in a national election last week.

But Stormont parties have a June 29 deadline to end the impasse and reach consensus on re-establishing a devolved administration in the region.

There are some contentious issues to address, some likely to lead to hot debates, particularly Britain's Brexit Bill, differing expectations from either side earlier in the year needing to be addressed and quite likely, early on, though following Theresa May's latest political nearly suicide of a snap General Election, the Tories will certainly be wanting to avoid paying out numbers thrown around by the European Union in early May, which stood around €100bn.

Under Northern Ireland's power-sharing agreement, the government there must be run by Irish nationalists and unionists together.

"I think it is important that whatever deal is done here involves all of the parties, not just the big two", said Mr Coveney.

Sinn Fein's Stormont leader Michelle O'Neill also sat down with the Taoiseach yesterday, a series of meetings partymembers Gerry Adams, Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle Gildernew also attended.

DUP leader Arlene Foster has said she wants a "sensible Brexit" that works for the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

The talks take place in the context of the ongoing negotiations between Prime Minister Theresa May and the DUP to strike a parliamentary deal to support her minority Government.

"What would happen then?"

Speaking from Belfast this morning, Teachta Adams said; "There are talks today in Belfast, London and Brussels that are crucial to Ireland's future".

"They can't have it both way, it has to be dealt with sensibly". "We are hopeful of getting resolution to them as quickly as we possibly can".

He also mentioned opportunities for investment in infrastructure, which could be of benefit on both parts of the island, and agreed that discussions on this should continue.

The party has been locked in negotiations with the Tories for more than week but it is still not clear when they might sign off on a deal.

The former Northern Ireland First Minister said her meeting with Mr Varadkar was very good and that she was looking forward to a very positive relationship with the Irish premier.

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