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Summary

  1. Talks to restore power-sharing in Northern Ireland are under way
  2. NI secretary James Brokenshire says he will continue to chair Stormont talks
  3. Conservative backbenchers to press for more details on possible deal with the DUP
  4. DUP's Foster is to meet the PM on Tuesday about a possible DUP-supported Tory government
  5. Sinn Féin 's Adams says no DUP-Conservative deal would be good for Northern Ireland

Live Reporting

By Ciaran McCauley and Fiona Murray

All times stated are UK

State of play after day one

So, where are we after a busy day at the political coalface?

Talks at Stormont have restarted, with all the parties having held initial discussions with each other as well as NI Secretary James Brokenshire and Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan.

Stormont and Westminster
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Meanwhile, Arlene Foster says she'll fly to London tonight to meet with Theresa May along with the DUP's parliamentary party.

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg earlier tweeted that a DUP-Tory deal could come tomorrow afternoon and it appears that talks in Northern Ireland may take a back seat until that is confirmed.

DUP-Tory party talks 'entirely separate' from NI process

James Brokenshire says the British government is "very clear" on its responsibilities under the Good Friday Agreement and that it will "act fairly to the benefit to all communities".

James Brokenshire
BBC

In a quick statement made to the media at Stormont, the secretary of state for Northern Ireland said the discussions between the DUP and Conservatives were "entirely separate from our intent and desire to see devolution restored here".

With that, the NI secretary said he was returning to the talks and headed off without taking questions.

A tale of two sets of talks

Tune in to BBC Newsline tonight for a round-up on today's political action.

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Tory deal 'won't breach peace agreement'

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds challenges Sinn Féin to rule out taking a role in the Irish government after the party criticised the DUP for potentially entering into an agreement with the Conservative Party

Conservative-DUP deal 'won't breach peace agreement'

Busy day for our politics team

Grab a seat while you can lads, the political developments look set to run and run.

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Dodds: Sinn Féin Irish government role would breach agreement

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds has challenged Sinn Féin to rule out taking a role in the Irish government after the party criticised the DUP for potentially entering into an agreement with the Conservative Party.

Nigel Dodds
BBC

He says the Irish people would be "very, very interested" to know whether Sinn Féin would rule themselves out of government "on the basis that it's a breach of the Good Friday Agreement".

"Because if that's what they say about us, it applies to them equally," he adds.

'We won't be negotiating over the airwaves'

Political hacks at Stormont tried their best to get some details out of the DUP leaders about their negotiating position with the Conservative Party but, alas, they're keeping things close to their chests.

Nigel Dodds and Arlene Foster
BBC

"We're not going to negotiate over the airwaves," says Arlene Foster.

"We're going into these talks with the national interest at heart, the union as I said before is our guiding star - we believe in the union, we believe in national, stable government and that is at the forefront of our mind."

Foster: Government deal an 'opportunity for NI'

DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds have been speaking to the media at Stormont, with Mrs Foster saying that a deal between her party and the Conservatives could be boost for Northern Ireland.

Arlene Foster
BBC

"Parliamentarians would like to play as full a role as they possibly can in our national parliament, just as some in Sinn Féin would like to play a role in the Irish parliament," she says.

"I think this is a tremendous opportunity not just for this party but for Northern Ireland in terms of the nation, and we're looking forward to playing our part in that."

Does Northern Ireland get more public cash than rest of UK?

Parts of the DUP-Conservative discussions are expected to involve funding for Northern Ireland. How much government money already goes there?

Reality Check graphic
BBC
Public spending by nation - Identifiable spending on services/£ per head

Our colleagues over at Reality Check have been crunching the numbers.

Starmer: Queen's Speech delay shows 'disruption and chaos'

The World at One

BBC Radio 4

The shadow Brexit secretary has said the delay to the Queen's Speech "shows the level of disruption and chaos that the government is in".

Sir Keir Starmer told Martha Kearney, "They've got fundamental problems with any arrangement they come to with the DUP, and fundamental problems with Brexit".

On Brexit negotiations he said the government was "sweeping options off the table before they even started" and that there needs to be "a different tone and approach".

'Constructive' meeting

DUP leader Arlene Foster says her party wants devolution up and running as soon as possible after a "constructive" meeting with Sinn Féin.

@DUPleader says they had a good workman like meeting with Sinn Fein

@DUPleader says they had a good workman like meeting with Sinn Fein

Sinn Féin hits out at SOS

Sinn Féin's Conor Murphy says it "would be kind to describe [James] Brokenshire as delusional" after the secretary of state said he would continue to chair talks aimed at restoring a power-sharing executive in Northern Ireland.

Conor Murphy
BBC

Mr Murphy said: "Of course he's conflicted, he always has been conflicted, the British government are conflicted because they are players in this process, they have a very direct interest, in particular in the legacy issues, and they have never been neutral."

Eastwood: Brokenshire cannot be an impartial talks chairman

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood is the latest figure speaking to the media at Stormont - and he says James Brokenshire cannot go on as the chair of power-sharing talks.

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Former Irish PM: 'This makes it difficult for Sinn Fein'

The World at One

BBC Radio 4

The decision by the government to enter into a confidence and supply arrangement with the Democratic Unionist Party could have consequences for attempts to restart power-sharing in Northern Ireland.

Sinn Fein has said the British government's attempts to have a pact with the DUP meant it was no longer able to act as neutral broker.

John Bruton served as Taoiseach of Ireland from 1994 to 1997 and helped instigate the peace process.

He told the World at One he hoped the planned deal would make Sinn Fein keener on "getting the [devolved] Institutions up and running so that issues will be sorted by Belfast, rather than by a DUP-Conservative coalition".

Ex-Tory chairman 'uncomfortable with many DUP views'

Former Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps has said he doesn’t want to be in government or in coalition with the DUP, but he is happy to engage in a confidence-and-supply arrangement with the party over economic matters.

Grant Shapps
BBC

He said he was "uncomfortable with many of their social views" and that "there are things [he] could quite literally never, ever support".

SDLP vow to "get to work" in Stormont talks

NI Secretary must be 'rigorously impartial'

On the position of NI Secretary James Brokenshire as chair of the Stormont talks as DUP-Conservative negotiations continue, Charlie Flanagan said he expected him to "adopt a stance of rigorous impartiality".

Charlie Flanagan
BBC

He added that he expected the same from Mr Brokenshire as "other parties in the negotiations will find from me as a representative of the Irish government".

'Do not reopen old issues' urges Flanagan

Charlie Flanagan, the Irish foreign minister, has said the parties in Stormont's talks should "bank the progress" and "not reopen issues where agreement has been made".

Charlie Flanagan
BBC

He urged the parties to "proceed to deal with the outstanding significant issues that we were unable" to make progress on before the UK general election.

Brokenshire: Government 'committed' to Belfast agreement

The World at One

BBC Radio 4

The government's Northern Ireland Secretary has said "as a government we stand four-square behind our commitments under the Belfast agreement".

James Brokenshire told Martha Kearney that the focus was on "getting a devolved government back into place" and that there was a "clear process".

When asked if he could remain an 'honest broker' if the DUP agreed to support a Conservative minority government, he reiterated the importance of "holding fast to the Belfast agreement" and "to those principles as a government of working for all communities in Northern Ireland."

Irish foreign minister holding press conference

Charlie Flanagan is the latest figure speaking to the media at Stormont Castle.

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Could there be an official deal tomorrow?

With us in prayer...

Takeaways from Sinn Féin's Stormont press conference

So Sinn Féin is the first party out in front of the media on a busy day of politics both in Belfast and London.

He opened by calling the DUP-Conservative deal as not good for the people here and called on the Irish government to maintain its role in guaranteeing the Good Friday Agreement.

Gerry Adams Sinn Féin
BBC

Gerry Adams also said:

  • Sinn Féin would not accept re-appointed Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire as chairman of the Stormont talks
  • that the party still does not want Arlene Foster to be first minister, because of the ongoing RHI inquiry, but that "it will not become an issue unless we have a deal"
  • that a border poll is a "certainty" and Sinn Féin would like to see it happen in the next five years

Queen's Speech delayed amid DUP talks

The Queen's Speech 2014
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The Queen's Speech had been expected to set out the government's plans next Monday.

The Queen's Speech 2014

Queen's Speech faces delay amid DUP talks

The Queen's Speech had been expected to set out the government's plans next Monday.

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DUP-Tory deal will "play out badly" - NI Labour Party

The DUP-Conservative arrangement will "play out badly in terms of attempts to review the stalled institutions" at Stormont - that's according to the Labour Party in Northern Ireland.

Jeremy Corbyn
BBC

The local Labour wing said that the other parties will "rightly perceive the odds as being heavily loaded in the DUP's favour" in the talks, and also said the benefits to Northern Ireland "pale into insignificant comparison to the far greater benefits that a Labour government would bring".

It's going to be a long day for our man in Downing Street

Watch: Sinn Féin speak at Stormont

Sinn Féin still want Arlene Foster to stand aside

Adams fires warning to Irish government over deal

Sinn Féin have just been speaking in the Great Hall at Stormont, with Gerry Adams warning that any deal between "the DUP here and the English Tories will not be good for the people here".

Gerry Adams
BBC

He also said that the Irish government, including current Taoiseach Enda Kenny and incoming leader Leo Varadkar, need to "face up to its" responsibility to ensure the Good Friday Agreement is implemented.

DUP-Tory deal 'won't be good for NI'

Our political editor Mark Devenport is at the Sinn Féin press conference at Stormont.

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Varadkar to speak to PM over Stormont impartiality

Ireland's next leader has said he will speak to Theresa May about the importance of impartiality in the Stormont talks.

Leo Varadkar
PA

Leo Varadkar, who is expected to become taoiseach later this week, said it's important that both the Irish and British governments, as co-guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement, are not too close to either unionism or nationalism.

Queen's Speech delayed

Some breaking news - the Queen's Speech, in which the government sets out its legislative programme, has been pushed back.

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Could DUP-Tory arrangement help along Stormont deal?

Could the situation at Westminster make a Stormont deal more likely instead of less? That's the view of Sam McBride, political editor at the News Letter.

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Media focus is once again at Stormont

DUP enjoying themselves at Stormont