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Taoiseach to meet NI parties over restoring Stormont

Aug 9, 2023 08:14 By News Northern Sound
Taoiseach to meet NI parties over restoring Stormont
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Talks to explore ways of restoring the Stormont Assembly will continue in Belfast today.

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is heading North to meet political parties and representatives from business and civil society including the Ulster GAA Council and Women in Business.

15 months of from last year's Assembly elections, the Democratic Unionist Party is still refusing to sit in Stormont with Sinn Fein.

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It says the British Government has failed to meet it seven demands to include free movement of goods and strengthening Northern Ireland's place within the UK. Today Leo Varadkar heads to Belfast.

He will talk with party leaders Michelle O'Neill of Sinn Fein, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson of the DUP, Doug Beattie of the Ulster Unionists, Matthew O'Toole of the SDLP and Naomi Long of the Alliance.

With reported division in the DUP over calls to resume a Stormont where Sinn Fein would hold the First Minister role for the first time,
signs are emerging that the British and Irish Government are becoming increasingly impatient.

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Leo Varadkar will also visit Linfield FC, a soccer team whose support comes from the loyalist community, a visit that was unthinkable 30 years ago.

 

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