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Irish PM holds separate talks with leaders of Northern Ireland parties

Irish PM holds separate talks with leaders of Northern Ireland parties

Theresa May has still not secured a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party to allow her Government programme to survive a Commons vote, a day before the Prime Minister sets out her legislative measures in the Queen's Speech.

NEW Taoiseach Leo Varadkar welcomed Northern Ireland's political leaders to Dublin as hopes of a resolution to the political stalemate in Stormont looks a step closer this evening.

The former Conservative Prime Minister Sir John Major has also expressed his fears about the proposed arrangement.

Mr Varadkar said: "It does emphasise the strength and closeness of the relationship between our two countries".

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In a tweet which has unsurprisingly gone viral, a reporter for Sky News Australia confirmed that not only did they think Sinn Féin was an actual person, but that he was also a member of the DUP.

Her comments follow warnings by Sinn Féin, the SDLP and the Alliance Party, that a deal with the DUP would undermine the British Government's attempts to restore the power-sharing executive at Stormont.

Mr Varadkar said he was reassured by the commitment to transparency and ensuring the deal does "not in any way impact on the Good Friday Agreement". "I think it is very much doable to have a deal by the end of this month", she added.

"On reaching such an agreement we will make sure that the details of that are made public so that people can see exactly what that is based on".

"Continued refusal by the DUP and British government to accept these fundamental positions will create only one outcome: a future of permanent political instability", he said.

Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday that she wanted the border between the United Kingdom and the European Union to be as seamless as possible after Brexit.

"They can't have it both way, it has to be dealt with sensibly".

On the advancement of talks with the DUP, South Staffordshire MP Mr Williamson said: "Good progress is being made in discussing the substantive issues surrounding any potential agreement. We are hopeful of getting resolution to them as quickly as we possibly can".

Mr Coveney, who was taking part in the latest talks initiative in Belfast for the first time since his appointment last week, said he believed all five parties were up for making a deal.

"We know each other and we understand each other", she said.