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Varadkar says he’s confident the Stormont Executive ‘is here to last’

The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, expressed his desire for devolved government in Northern Ireland to continue.

He was welcomed by First Minister Michelle O’Neill and Deputy First Minister Emma Little-Pengelly at Stormont Castle, reports RTE.

The three held a meeting before Mr Varadkar met with the rest of the newly-formed Stormont Executive.

Ms O’Neill and Ms Little-Pengelly greeted the Taoiseach at the Executive table.

Ms Little-Pengelly expressed her desire to build a constructive relationship with the Taoiseach, based on mutual respect, reports RTE.

She added that as the closest neighbour, it made sense for them to have a positive relationship, something that they had not always had in the past.

Mr Varadkar was happy to be there and noted that there were times in the past year or two when he didn’t think this day would happen.

“It’s great that the institutions are back up and running again, we want the Executive to be a success and to last, and keen to help in any way we can but not to interfere, but definitely to help, and keen to see the North South Ministerial Council up and running again as soon as possible, and the British Irish Council as well of course,” he said, reports RTE.

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