Democratic Unionist Party under pressure from Northern Ireland where Sinn Féin outnumbered votes

Ireland’s Prime Minister Micheál Martin says Sinn Féin will promote border voting to bring United Ireland after the Irish National Party (formerly the interim IRA party) became the largest party in the Northern Irish Parliament. “It was fun,” he said in the story. ..

Martin said: “The whole campaign was about living expenses, health and housing. Border polls were mostly filled from it. [Sinn Fein’s] The document and its manifest, but as soon as the votes are counted, they are returned to the central stage. “

The Prime Minister’s comment comes when Northern Ireland’s Secretary of State Brandon Lewis is preparing to meet with the leaders of all major political parties in Stormont to drive the reinstatement of the delegated government.

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Prime Minister Paul Givan has not functioned since February when he resigned in an attempt to force renegotiation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

In the May 5 election, Sinn Féin overtook DUP (the largest union party). This means that Michelle O’Neill, the northern leader of the Sinn Féin Party, was lined up to become the first minister, a historical precedent for the Irish Republican Party.

However, the Democratic Unionist Party is reluctant to assume the role of Deputy Prime Minister, and Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, said before the British government appoints a minister as part of a shared power cadre. He said he needed to listen to concerns about the Northern Ireland Protocol.

“You can’t have both the Secretary of State wanting an executive or a protocol,” Democratic Unionist Jonathan Buckley said on May 8.

Martin said he believes that an agreement can still be reached on the renegotiation of the Northern Ireland Protocol, but “the European Union has shown flexibility and flexibility, but so far the European Union has It has shown flexibility, but it didn’t happen. It went back and forth, and it made the EU more cautious about discussions with the British government. “

He added, “All of us must now pay due attention to the full work of the Good Friday Agreement body, and to the stability within the North.”

PA Media contributed to this report.

Chris Summers


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