Adams tells Theresa May she's in breach of the Good Friday Agreement

The 1998 Good Friday Agreement - a major development in the Northern Ireland peace process - commits the United Kingdom and Irish Governments to demonstrate "rigorous impartiality" in their dealings with the different political traditions in Northern Ireland.

THE DUP are living in a "fool's paradise" if they believe there can be a return to the power-sharing institutions without committing to a rights-based approach to government, Sinn Féin's Declan Kearney told the annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration in Bodenstown on Sunday.

Amnesty International has welcomed the results of the Northern Ireland Life and Times survey which has revealed that an overwhelming majority of people in Northern Ireland favour reform of Northern Ireland's abortion laws.

The Sinn Fein President said his team "told her very directly that she was in breach of the Good Friday agreement".

The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, has said a change of prime minister was not "on the agenda", but that a Conservative deal with Democratic Unionists MPs to support the minority government may not be sewn up until after the Queen's speech next week. Other politicians have voiced their concern as well.

DUP senior negotiator Simon Hamilton hoped that the DUP-Tory talks would conclude soon. "Any deal that undercuts in any way the process here of the Good Friday and other agreements is one that has to be opposed by progressives".

"We are getting concerned now that no matter what happens around these talks that we are going to come back to that same sticking point, Sinn Fein's insistence on who the first minister is going to be or not going to be", he said.

It could "catapult Northern Ireland into a serious crisis and back onto our front pages", he wrote. "It's not certain, it's under stress, it's fragile".

Previously Davis said the issue would become the "row of the summer" but the chief European Union negotiator, Michel Barnier, said Britain was in no position to dictate the timing of the negotiations.

"Having an executive up and running - an executive that can speak for both communities in Northern Ireland - would be a big advantage for Northern Ireland". "It is really for Sinn Fein to decide where they want those powers to lie".

Foster on Friday said negotiations with the Tories are ongoing, but a DUP official said a deal with conservatives is not likely before next week, Reuters reported.

  • Leroy Wright