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Ireland/DUP/Sinn Fein

Asked if the Taoiseach would be at the talks in No 10 today, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said no; there would be representatives of the Irish Government at Downing Street today but it was important to emphasise that the talks we were hosting today were between the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Fein. The Prime Minister and Shaun Woodward would be on hand if there were any specifics that either of the parties wanted to talk to us about, and equally there would be representatives from the Irish Government. These were not hothouse or roundtable talks; they were talks between the new First and Deputy First Ministers, reflecting the new stage of devolution.

Asked what the implications for us would be if the result of the Irish referendum turned out to be a no, the PMS said that he would not start discussing implications of votes in other countries and did not want to speculate on the outcome of the Irish referendum before it had happened.

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