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20 June 2017, 09:48 | Terri Saunders

Leo Varadkar to meet with DUP and Sinn Féin separately as Westminster rule in North looms

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The Conservative source said: "We're confident of getting an agreement, we're confident that the Queen's speech will be passed".

Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, with special responsibility for Brexit, Simon Coveney said he welcomed the negotiations, which are not only important for the European Union and Britain but "are one of the most important set of negotiations in the recent history of our country".

Mr Kearney said his party's equality and rights agenda "is not negotiable".

The anticipated arrangement has forced the UK Government to reject suggestions its commitment to act with impartiality in Northern Ireland - as set out in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement - will be fatally undermined by any pact with the DUP.

"I am very reassured by what the Prime Minister said to me today that that won't be the case".

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.

The participants have until June 29 to reach a deal that would see devolution returned or they face the prospect of direct rule being reimposed from Westminster.

"Over the coming months, I will work to ensure these negotiations protect and advance Ireland's interests and deliver the best outcome for our people, for our businesses and for our island".

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The talks take place in the context of the ongoing negotiations between Prime Minister Theresa May and the DUP to strike a parliamentary deal to support her minority Government.

Asked in Belfast if negotiations with the Tories would conclude this week, Mr Hamilton said: "They will take as long as they take".

Political deals in particular demand careful thought before they're made and the Conservative agreement with the DUP is one that requires more than most.

He first met northern secretary James Brokenshire around noon and later they engaged in round-table talks with the North's five main parties.

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.

May told journalists the United Kingdom government remained "absolutely steadfast" in its commitment to the Belfast Agreement and that discussions were continuing with the DUP over a confidence and supply agreement, which would see the unionist party's 10 MPs back May's government on key votes.

Declan Kearney, the party's chairman, said a DUP focus on Ms Foster's future role at Stormont "is completely misdirected and premature".



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