Joint announcement by May and Varadakar for all-party talks about Northern Ireland’s future
The Taoiseach and the British Prime Minister have confirmed the establishment of talks involving the main political parties in Northern Ireland in an effort to restore power-sharing.
In a statement Leo Varadkar and Theresa May said they heard the unmistakable message to all political leaders that people across Northern Ireland want to see a new momentum for political progress.
The establishment of talks with be announced at a news conference by Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley in Belfast later this afternoon.
In their statement Mr Varadkar and Ms May also announced that a meeting of the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference will also take place to coincide with the all-party negotiations.
“We also heard the unmistakable message to all political leaders that people across Northern Ireland want to see a new momentum for political progress. We agree that what is now needed is actions and not just words from all of us who are in positions of leadership.
“As Prime Minister and Taoiseach, we are determined to work together to ensure this process comes to a successful conclusion.”