This morning.

Simmonscourt Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Democratic Union Party (DUP) Leader Arlene Foster (right) arrives at the Intercontinental Hotel, for a ‘private meeting’.

Ms Foster met Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Government Buildings last night and  as a guest speaker at a Dublin Chamber function last night.


She said those who question the stance of her party should check the letter that she and then deputy first minister of the Northern Ireland Assembly Martin McGuinness sent to former British prime minister Theresa May in August 2016, in which they outlined their concerns about Brexit.

Ms Foster said she favours a solution that recognises the constitutional position of Northern Ireland, but also the fact that it has the only land border between the United Kingdom and the European Union.

“I do recognise we have a very short period of time but I very much believe that if there is a determination, a willingness and a commitment, then we can find a way through,” she said.

Foster, Varadkar meet for talks on Brexit and NI (RTÉ)

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7 thoughts on “To The Letter

  1. eoin

    Seriously, if you were coming in the Naas Road and there were three adjacent garages selling the exact same car for €30,000 but the DUP garage was offering a 50% discount, you still wouldn’t give them the time of day. You can’t negotiate with them, they’re a shower of religious fundamentalists who believe they’re the chosen people and the earth is 6,000 years old. The leadership might be able to strike a deal but once they go back to their grass roots, it’s the same story, not one inch, or, as one unnamed DUPer told the LBC radio station in London “build the wall [between Northern Ireland and the South], the higher the better”.

          1. some old queen

            In fairness its a bit like holding up Ballymun or the rough side of Tallaght and saying- this is ROI- there are some very well heeled parts of the north too.

    1. Pip

      As an old lecturer of mine said, you perhaps shouldn’t refer to (stated group) as extremists.
      They’re actually pretty representative.

    2. Jake38

      Spot on. I heard that while 5% of the population of NronIrn were members of the Free Presbyterian Church they comprised over 50% of the members of the DUP. If true (?), this tells you all you need to know.

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