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Kenny raises Good Friday Agreement concerns with May over DUP deal

The Government Press Office said Kenny had spoken to the British leader by phone this morning.

OUTGOING TAOISEACH ENDA Kenny has spoken with British Prime Minister Theresa May, outlining his concerns over her impending deal with the DUP.

In a statement released this afternoon, the Government Press Office said Kenny had spoken to the British leader by phone this morning.

“They 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.

“He also noted the absence of any nationalist voice in Westminster following the election.”

Kenny said that both he and May were of the belief that an executive in the North should be formed as soon as possible. It is now nearly three months since the Northern election and exploratory discussions between parties are set to take place tomorrow.

The statement added that Kenny suggested May should meet Kenny’s successor Leo Varadkar.

“On Brexit, they noted that negotiations were scheduled to begin, as previously planned, later this month, with the Taoiseach reiterating Irish concerns.

“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.”

A spokesperson for 10 Downing Street said:

“The Prime Minister explained that she is working towards a confidence and supply deal with the DUP which would provide stability and certainty for the UK going forward.

“They confirmed their joint commitment to restoring a Northern Ireland Executive as soon as possible and agreed that both countries would continue to engage closely to bring about political stability in Northern Ireland. The Prime Minister reiterated that the Government’s approach and objectives in the forthcoming talks to re-establish the Northern Ireland Executive remained unchanged.

“The two leaders spoke about their willingness to continue close cooperation as the UK embarks on leaving the European Union, with no return to a hard border.”

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