Deal with Sinn Fein 'very much doable', says DUP's Arlene Foster

Tories putting party before peace in Northern Ireland says Lord Hain

As it's been all over the news most people will know a lot more than they used to about the DUP.

He also accused Mr Adams of not being impartial, saying he was a "foreign TD from a foreign country involved in the talks".

"Politicians in Northern Ireland and at Westminster must heed this demand for change".

The subsequent election in March saw the DUP take the most seats in the assembly, but their 28 was just one more than Sinn Féin.

The Sinn Féin president was not present to meet with Mr Frazer, who hails from Co Armagh.

A senior DUP spokesman said that the party's discussions with the British Conservatives to reach a deal to prop up a Tory government are continuing, following the UK's snap election earlier this month.

Talk of the Town understands Mr Frazer did not actually call into the Sinn Fein offices despite recording his message outside it. "They can't have it both ways, it has to be dealt with sensibly", she said.

"We want to see an administration set up again that will last and one that will last for all of the people of Northern Ireland", said Ms Foster outside Dublin's Government Buildings.


Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar held separate talks on Friday with delegations from the two major parties in Northern Ireland over the restoration of a power-sharing executive there.

Ms O'Neill said that the Sinn Féin call for a special designated status for Northern Ireland within the European Union following Brexit was "building up traction" across Europe.

"But they also want the institutions to have integrity and they want to ensure that we have rights for all our citizens, be that an Irish language Act, a bill of rights or marriage equality".

Sinn Fein has consistently made this point and Michelle O'Neill reiterated that with Prime Minister May.

"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".

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.

Almost a fifth of the UK's food and drink exports go to the Republic of Ireland and in March industry bodies from across the British food and drink sector wrote an open letter to various government departments calling for "frictionless" tariff-free trade with Ireland to continue post-Brexit.

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