Leo Varadkar meets Theresa May at Downing Street

Conservative Party sources say May wants to show her government is up and running but her loss of authority in last week's election will make it harder to handle a hectic agenda - Brexit talks with the European Union, tackling a slowing economy, a political crisis in Ireland, and a devastating fire in London.

Ceasefire negotiations began in the 1980s, eventually culminating in the Good Friday Agreement, which was negotiated by the governments of the UK, US and Ireland, as well as representatives of Northern Ireland groups.

Theresa May has been accused of failing to show "humanity" after she refused to meet survivors of London's Grenfell Tower fire, which killed at least 17.

The percentage describing as nationalist has also fallen, by 1 percentage point to 24%, while those who describe as "neither" are now far greater than either of the other two categories, at 46%.

"If the DUP really wants to go into the Executive, that party needs to decide whether it is now prepared to embrace a rights-based approach to government in the North".

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Former Prime Minister John Major who was involved in talks with both sides of the Northern Irish conflict peace talks before handing over to Tony Blair has warned he has reservations about his party going into government with the DUP.

Tory backbencher Heidi Allen told The Sunday Times the country wanted a "leader and a party that will carry us through this most turbulent of periods but care about the little man".

The Conservatives, who have 317 MPs, are looking to strike a deal with the DUP, who have 10.

If the talks fail it may bring back direct rule from London which after all the good work of the Good Friday Agreement and the time both Sinn Fein and the DUP shared power together would be a complete shame. "You folks here make enough mess of your own elections, make enough mess of your own governments, make enough mess of your own affairs".

A formal deal has yet to be secured but Tory sources have said there is a "broad agreement" on the principles of the speech, and State Opening will now take place on Wednesday - two days later than originally scheduled. Even if the DUP abstains from the vote, May should be able to get the Queen's Speech passed.

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Grainne Teggart, Campaign Manager for Amnesty International said: "Today's results confirm what we have long known: that an overwhelming majority favour reform of our inhumane abortion laws".

He said: "They were hard negotiators".

Pic: ReutersLONDON: With her strategy unclear and her position insecure, Prime Minister Theresa May plunges this week into tortuous divorce talks with the European Union that will shape Britain's prosperity and global influence for generations to come.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Foster, whose party has been locked in talks with the U.K. Conservatives since Theresa May lost her majority in parliament in last week's election, said she hoped Brexit would benefit the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom, Reuters reported.

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The first issue at the Brussels talks will be the status of millions of European Union citizens living in the United Kingdom and British residents of the other 27 countries, including their right to stay, to work, and to access medical care. That comment has backfired spectacularly on her - as has so much else.

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