PM: Details of agreement with DUP will be made public

Mr Kearney said his party's equality and rights agenda "is not negotiable".

"The biggest risk is political, and that is that Brexit becomes another divisive feature between the two main communities in N. Ireland: those who wish to remain part of the UK and those who aspire to a united Ireland", says the Head of the EU Commission in Belfast, Colette Fitzgerald.

The former Northern Ireland First Minister said her meeting with Mr Varadkar was very good and that she was looking forward to a very positive relationship with the Irish premier.

The minister said it was important that any deal involved all five Stormont parties, and not just the DUP and Sinn Fein.

"They can't have it both way, it has to be dealt with sensibly". Political deals in particular demand careful thought before they're made and the Conservative agreement with the DUP is one that requires more than most.

This was Mr Coveney's first visit to Stormont as Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Speaking before she entered talks with the new Fine Geal Leader, Foster threw down the gauntlet to Sinn Fein and said her party were "ready to dance" in order to restore a power sharing executive up North.

Northern Ireland has been without a powersharing executive since March and without a first and deputy first minister since January, after Sinn Fein collapsed the administration amid faltering trust and relations with the DUP.

The talks are taking place as the DUP and Tories attempt to strike a separate deal to prop up British Prime Minister Theresa May's minority government.

In a tweet which has unsurprisingly gone viral, a reporter for Sky News Australia confirmed that not only did they think Sinn Féin was an actual person, but that he was also a member of the DUP.

He added: "We see no reason why devolution and the executive can't be up and running now".

"I will do my utmost to support the parties in reaching an agreement which ensures that the integrity of the Good Friday Agreement is fully protected, that all of its institutions function effectively and fairly and that previous agreements are honourably implemented".

Ireland's communists were engaged in a series of discussion forums with disillusioned Irish republicans, Mr McCartan revealed, arguing for "people's anti-imperialist politics" as the alternative to both Sinn Fein reformism and a return to militarism.

"Clearly the DUP are on the wrong side of the argument in cosying up alongside the Tory government who are disrespecting the mandate of the people here".