Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

UK Conservatives, N Ireland party strike deal


"While we acknowledge the complexities involved in reaching an agreement, we want to express our continued concern that without an agreed budget and with no executive ministers in place, the most vulnerable are at greater..."

"An agreement has been signed", the United Kingdom prime minister's spokesperson told AFP news agency.

The talks between the two parties, which have been ongoing for weeks, focused on financial support for Northern Ireland and the shape of Brexit.

May shook hands with DUP Foster as she and other senior party figures arrived at Downing Street today to finalise the pact. The DUP has 10 seats in Parliament, enough to guarantee passage of the government's agenda.

Northern Ireland's other political parties have also objected to any kind of alliance with the DUP, as it jeopardizes the government's pledge to be a neutral arbiter as part of the Good Friday agreement, which brought peace to Northern Ireland after decades of sectarian strife.

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Both parties "recognise the unique circumstances of Northern Ireland's history" and "agree the need for additional support", as outlined.

A deadline of June 29 has been set for an agreement to be reached or the prospect of direct rule from Westminster could be implemented.

Church leaders have urged Northern Ireland's politicians to strike a powersharing deal for the common good. She's also understood to have found an extra £1 billion of funding for Northern Ireland that is earmarked for hospitals, schools and roads.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon suggested that "any sense of fairness" had been "sacrificed on the altar" of a "grubby DUP deal to let the PM cling to power".

He told BBC Radio 4's World At One: "We could have, but this deal achieves two things". May risked losing that vote of confidence, which would have opened the way for the opposition Labour Party to try to form a minority government of its own.

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"The DUP has acted in the best interests of all the people of Northern Ireland and in the national interest of the United Kingdom".

Mr Green said the Conservatives "remain as Unionist as we ever have been" but "it is for the people of Northern Ireland to decide on their own government structures".

"This is block grant, this is not part of the usual formula", he said.

RTÉ News broke down what the money will be spent on.

During university she joined the Young Unionist Association, the youth wing of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), which had ruled Northern Ireland virtually unchallenged since the state was created in 1922.

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"The Government must immediately answer two questions: Where is the money for the Tory-DUP deal coming from?" As part of the deal, funds will be provided to boost Northern Ireland's economy and offer investment in new infrastructure, health and education. They smiled and joked as negotiators from both sides, the DUP's Jeffrey Donaldson and the Conservatives' Gavin Williamson signed the deal.

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