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No role for Dublin in ruling Northern Ireland, but devolution best for all: Prime Minister Theresa May

Troubles legacy investigation bodies will be legally fair, says May

By Jonathan Bell

Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed - and happily - there will be no role for Dublin in the governing of Northern Ireland if the talks failed, but that restoring devolution was best for all its people.

It comes after her government issued a rebuke following comments by the Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney.

Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions Questions, in response to the DUP's Nigel Dodds, Mrs May said: "I am happy to confirm we are not looking at joint authority.

"The Belfast Agreement does include certain responsibilities in relation to the government of the Republic of Ireland in terms of north south coordination.

"The focus for all of us should be on trying to resolve current differences and see devolved administration reasserted.

"That would be best for Northern Ireland."

Labour Jeremy Corbyn, on asking the PM to end the public sector pay cap for nurses and others again raised the DUP's £1bn deal with the Tories.

He said: "The Prime Minister has no problems finding the money to please the DUP, no problems whatsoever... is she really happy that NHS staff use food banks?"

The Prime Minister said the pay review body was continuing its work and would report in the autumn while millions were no longer paying income tax and record numbers of people were in work.

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