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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

  1. '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

    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.

  2. Brokenshire: Government 'committed' to Belfast agreement

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    Video caption: NI Secretary: The government 'remains committed' to the Belfast agreement

    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."

  3. 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

    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
  4. Queen's Speech delayed amid DUP talks

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

    Queen's Speech faces delay amid DUP talks

    The Queen's Speech 2014

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

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  5. 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

    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".

  6. 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

    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.

  7. 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

    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.

  8. 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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  9. 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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