PM: Details of agreement with DUP will be made public

Her comments follow warnings by Sinn Féin, the SDLP and the Alliance Party, that a deal with the DUP would undermine the British Government's attempts to restore the power-sharing executive at Stormont.

Monday will also see the first round-table meeting involving the governments and local parties of the three-week initiative to form a powersharing executive.

"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".

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.

Ireland's new prime minister said Monday he is "reassured" about a possible deal between the Conservative Party and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

She said: "There is an irony to being lectured by some about our role in the national government of the United Kingdom when Sinn Fein want to be in government here in the Republic of Ireland".

Mr Varadkar and his predecessor Mr Kenny have both stressed the need to adhere to the principles of the Good Friday accord.

Britain, EU to begin Brexit negotiations Monday
A terms of reference document setting out the rules for both sides also states: "For both parties the default is transparency". Those were, he said, the rights of expatriate citizens and problems of a new EU-UK border, notably cutting across Ireland .

"I can tell you, we are here wanting to find a deal, wanting to make the institutions work, wanting to deliver good public services, wanting to afford people their rights, wanting to deal with the issue of Brexit, but it has to be done on the basis of equality, respect and integrity in government", she said. The agreement is made up of two inter-related documents, both agreed in Belfast on Good Friday, April 10, 1998.

In a tweet which has unsurprisingly gone viral, a reporter for Sky News Australia confirmed that not only did they think Sinn Féin was an actual person, but that he was also a member of the DUP.

But Stormont parties have a June 29 deadline to end the impasse and reach consensus on re-establishing a devolved administration in the region.

Mr Coveney said a number of "core issues" still stand in the way of an agreement but he said he did not consider them "insurmountable".

On reaching such an agreement we will make sure that the details of that are made public so that people can see exactly what that is based on.

"I think it's fair to say that Northern Ireland is perhaps the most vulnerable part of Europe to a bad Brexit deal should that happen", he said.

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