Talks to strike deal with DUP 'ongoing', says Downing Street

Cheryl Sanders
June 21, 2017

Talks between British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party and Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party to secure support for a minority government are to continue in London today, a DUP spokesman said on Thursday.

Both the larger parties have changed in pursuit of power, but can we rely upon them to work for the benefit of everyone in Northern Ireland?

Gerry Adams of Sinn Fein told May specifically of his opposition to the coalition during a meeting with her at Downing Street: "We have just finished a meeting with the British prime minister and her secretary of state".

The institutions collapsed amid a bitter row between the DUP and Sinn Fein about a botched green energy scheme.

Theresa May has said she is "getting on with the job" amid continued questions over her future as Prime Minister. "When there is an attack on London, we in Ireland feel it is nearly an attack on us as well", Varadkar said.

The DUP leader Arlene Foster has been meeting with the new Taoiseach in Dublin.

Senior representatives from Northern Ireland's main political parties met May in London earlier.

"Whatever happens there could have - we don't know if it will because we haven't seen any of what's going on - could have an impact on what's happening".

"The Irish government will be critical to that and they should reassert their role as co-guarantors of our agreements", he added.

Ms O'Neill would not be drawn on the prospects of a deal being achieved by the June 29th deadline.

"The talks are ongoing, they are very positive, they are constructive".

As I have said so often before we are fortunate to live in a lovely part of the world and its people have tremendous qualities which are brought to the fore by constructive leadership.

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said two weeks is more than enough time to do a deal.

"We also respect the other parties' mandates, we want to get back to an executive that has all the parties around the table to collectively take decisions.

You don't need border posts, you don't need to stop people; of course you would back that up with the occasional physical checks if you felt that that was needed", says the DUP Brexit spokesman, Sammy Wilson.

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