Rishi Sunak and Leo Varadkar meet with the new Northern Ireland Executive Ministers at Stormont Castle

The Prime Minister and Taoiseach have both visited Belfast to meet with the new Northern Ireland Executive and political leaders.

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Rishi Sunak and Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar have both visited Belfast today and held meetings with the new Speaker Edwin Poots and the Northern Ireland Executive – including separate meetings with both First Minister Michelle O’Neill and Deputy First Minister Emma Little-Pengelly and their parties.

The Prime Minister arrived in Northern Ireland on Sunday night and visited the Air Ambulance Northern Ireland charity.

The Taoiseach visited Parliament Buildings this morning to meet with Edwin Poots – the new Assembly Speaker.

The Democratic Unionist Party said that “it is always good to welcome the Prime Minister visiting Northern Ireland and outline our priorities to keep moving forward”.

PM Rishi Sunak told the Executive that “it has taken a lot of hard work and indeed courage to get us sitting round this table.”

“Today isn’t the end; it’s the beginning, and the real work starts now”.

Sinn Fein met with the Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Secretary of State Chris Heaton Harris today with Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald saying Change is all around and must be managed Shared commitment to partnership and respect at heart of progress

The Assembly is due to meet on Tuesday to establish committees for each of the departments.

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