Urgency is needed for Stormont, says Coveney

Theresa May has pledged that the details of any deal for the Democratic Unionist Party to prop her up in power will be made public, as talks go down to the wire.

But May's failure to win a majority in last week's election has weakened her position badly and reopened the debate around the Brexit strategy just days before the country opens its divorce talks with Brussels on Monday.

"The talks are still going on, but the one thing I am absolutely certain of is that the DUP don't want to see another election and Jeremy Corbyn in Downing Street", said Grayling.

Mr Coveney said he would highlight the particular issues facing Northern Ireland - in regard to the peace process and cross-border movement - when he met the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Luxembourg on Tuesday.

Speaking in Luxembourg Friday before a meeting of European Union finance ministers, Hammond said, according to Reuters, "My clear view, and I believe the view of the majority of people in Britain, is that we should prioritize protecting jobs, protecting economic growth, protecting prosperity as we enter those negotiations and take them forward". He said that there needed to be a new urgency to re-establishing Stormont as the Brexit negotiation began.

The talks to restore the institutions take place as negotiations continue in London between Prime Minister Theresa May and the DUP to strike a parliamentary deal to support her minority Government.

Reaffirming the Communist Party of Ireland's "total opposition" to European Union membership, Mr McCartan argued that the issue was very problematic for Sinn Fein, which changed its position to support European Union membership in Britain's referendum past year.

The participants have until June 29 to reach a deal that would see devolution returned or they face the prospect of direct rule being reimposed from Westminster.

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.

Varadkar told the news conference that both the British and Irish governments needed to be impartial actors in relation to Northern Ireland's stalled power-sharing arrangements between parties that want the province to remain in the United Kingdom and parties that want it to become part of the Republic.

The unity government collapsed in January and Sinn Fein has made clear that there will be no unity government if the DUP does not uphold specific provisions of the Good Friday Agreement, including an Irish Language Act and an inquiry on so-called "legacy" killings.

"There have been positive engagements today between ourselves and Sinn Fein", he said.

Asked in Belfast if negotiations with the Tories would conclude this week, Mr Hamilton said: "They will take as long as they take".

"But, in addition, the government in southern Ireland will look to reconfigure its relations with the DUP, creating difficulties for Sinn Fein", he said.

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