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Visit: Micheal Martin

Visit: Micheal Martin

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Visit: Micheal Martin

First Minister Arlene Foster has refused to comment on a postponed trip by Taoiseach Micheal Martin to Northern Ireland.

It was reported that Mr Martin had been due to meet with Mrs Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill in Belfast yesterday. However, a number of hours later the Fianna Fail leader's office confirmed that the meeting was temporarily suspended because of scheduling issues.

There was speculation, however, that Mrs Foster's office was not made aware of the visit.

The Taoiseach will now travel to Belfast next Thursday, marking his first visit to Northern Ireland as head of government.

Asked about the reports in the press about the suspended trip, Mrs Foster said: "I don't usually take from the Press what is happening. I usually take what's happening from my private office.

"I'm looking forward very much to the Taoiseach coming up to Northern Ireland, next Thursday as I understand it. We shall meet him then.

"I am looking forward to talking about matters of mutual concern and how we can work together to protect our different jurisdictions, recognising of course the geography of the island of Ireland, but also the different jurisdictional issues that are there.

"So look forward to next Thursday."

Belfast Telegraph