Varadkar to have his first meeting with British PM

Claudine Rigal
Juin 19, 2017

Taoiseach, Leo Varadker will hold separate meetings with the DUP and Sinn Féin leaderships in Dublin today.

Conservative Party sources say May wants to show her government is up and running but her loss of authority in last week's election will make it harder to handle a hectic agenda - Brexit talks with the European Union, tackling a slowing economy, a political crisis in Ireland, and a devastating fire in London.

However, in January, Sinn Fein pulled out of the government over a corruption scandal involving DUP leader Arlene Foster, who is now negotiating with May. We will speak with Sinn Fein again on Monday to try and get that set up as quickly as possible, because devolution works and works for everybody in Northern Ireland.

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.

Coolum Eastwood of the Social Democratic and Labour Party also expressed doubts: "The prime minister will have to do a lot more to convince us that the DUP tail isn't wagging the Tory dog".

The DUP leader Arlene Foster has been meeting with the new Taoiseach in Dublin.

That agreement assigns the British government the role of broker between Irish republicans and unionists, a role that Mr Adams said would be compromised if the government was in some way indebted politically to the DUP.

She added: "It is good for the North, and it is good for all of us, to have the power-sharing institutions working".

"We warned Mrs May that the pact between the Tories and the DUP has the potential to undermine past agreements and the re-establishment of the Executive".

"What would happen then?"

May said she was steadfastly committed to the Good Friday Agreement and wanted to see a "close and special partnership" with the Republic of Ireland post-Brexit.

For example, 81% 70% of SDLP voters said they were not in favour of a united Ireland, and amongst those only 17% reported that Brexit had made them more favourable to unity.

"I know people want to talk about soft Brexit, hard Brexit, all of these things but what we want to see is a sensible Brexit and one that works for everybody".

British Prime Minister Theresa May's government said yesterday it would launch her policy programme next week, a sign of confidence she will strike a deal to stay in power after days of political uncertainty since losing her majority.

However, she said her party would go back and look at an expert report on the issue of fatal foetal abnormality which is understood to recommend legal changes.

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