Survey shows overwhelming support for abortion law reform in Northern Ireland

Claudine Rigal
Juin 20, 2017

The failure of the Irish Government to fulfil its obligations as a co-guarantor for the Good Friday Agreement is a national scandal, the South Antrim MLA said.

After falling eight seats short of a majority in the general election, the PM will be reliant on the backing of the 10 DUP MPs to enable her to govern.

She repeated that Sinn Féin wanted to reach agreement but one that was based on equality, respect and integrity.

"As a UK Government we remain absolutely steadfast in our commitment to the Belfast Agreement (and) its successor agreements".

"From all the parties there was a sense of can do, of positivity today, while at the same time having firm and clear positions, as you would expect", he said.

Mr Coveney made his comments at Stormont on Monday evening after a day of British and Irish governmental and multi-party talks aimed at finding an agreement to reinstate the Northern Executive and Assembly by the deadline of June 29th.

"It is my firm belief that with goodwill on both sides a resolution can be reached which builds on the progress made in the last round of discussions", Mrs May said.

Asked when the proposed confidence and supply arrangement the DUP will be signed off, she said discussions with the party were ongoing.

David Davis, right, and Michel Bernier, left, begin Brexit negotiations in Brussels but Ireland's for Foreign Affairs and Brexit Simon Coveney has said failure to secure a withdrawal agreement will be disastrous for Ireland.

Northern Ireland has been without a powersharing Executive since March and without a First and Deputy First Minister since January.

The border between Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland, an European Union member, will become the only land border between the UK and the European Union after Britain exits the bloc in March 2019.

"I think we will continue to work away on that to try to deliver devolution, to get devolution back up and running again for the people of Northern Ireland so we can deliver for them on the issues of health, education, jobs and the economy". "We have a system in this country, an electoral system, victor takes all".

The minister said it was important that any deal involved all five Stormont parties and not just the DUP and Sinn Féin.

"I hope we will have an executive that will involve them all too". "We are hopeful of getting a resolution to them as quickly as possible", he said.

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