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Conservatives deal with DUP should not put Good Friday Agreement at risk: Enda Kenny

By Kevin Doyle

Outgoing Taoiseach Enda Kenny has held a telephone conversation with Theresa May to discuss Brexit and the political stalemate in Northern Ireland.

As Mrs May tries to hold her government together in the wake of a disastrous election result, Mr Kenny suggested that she hold an early meeting with his successor Leo Varadkar.

The two leaders discussed the outcome of the UK general election and the Prime Minister outlined the proposed supply and confidence arrangement between her party and the DUP.

“The Taoiseach indicated his concern that nothing should happen to put the Good Friday Agreement at risk and the challenge that this agreement will bring,” a spokesperson said.

Mr Kenny also noted the absence of any nationalist voice in Westminster as a result of Sinn Fein’s decision not to take up their seven seats in the London parliament.

“Both leaders agreed that of immediate concern were efforts to establish an executive as soon as possible, with exploratory discussions with the NI parties to take place tomorrow.

“They discussed the meeting between the Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire which is scheduled for tomorrow,” the spokesperson added.

In relation to Brexit they noted that negotiations between the UK and the EU should begin next week as previously planned. Mr Kenny reiterated the concerns of the Irish government ahead of those talks.

“The Taoiseach stated that there should be an early meeting between the Prime Minister and his successor Leo Varadkar and wished her well in the challenges that now lie ahead,” the spokesperson concluded.

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