Taoiseach warns of ‘very serious harm’ if people use Brexit to create dispute
The Taoiseach has warned “very serious harm” can come if people keep trying to use Brexit as an issue to create dispute.Micheal Martin said it had become clear in recent weeks what can happen “when sectarian tensions are left to grow and are then encouraged by political events”.The Fianna Fail leader made the comments at his party’s annual 1916 commemoration at Arbour Hill Cemetery in Dublin.Mr Martin said: “The terrible scenes on the streets of Belfast have deep roots which we must challenge – and it falls to all of us to play a constructive and moderating role.“We understand that Brexit is one of the factors in this situation.”Mr Martin described the Northern Ireland Protocol as “a fair conclusion to attempts to limit the potential destructiveness of Brexit on this island”.“It is complex, but it is nowhere near as complex as it is presented,” he said.“It is not as complex as the thousands of Brexit issues remaining in relation to trade and other contacts between Great Britain and the European Union.
Rules and connections developed over half a century don’t come apart easily.“With good faith and co-operation, disruption can be limited and we can resolve outstanding issues.”
The key facts behind the day's headlines on June 21, it comes as ministers are preparing to outline their proposals to Parliament for solving the “serious challenges” caused by the Northern Ireland Protocol.Boris Johnson used a phone call on Tuesday with his Dublin counterpart Micheal Martin to urge “pragmatism” in order to mend the issues being created by the post-Brexit terms, as reports suggest the UK will put itself on a collision course with the European Union over its mooted solutions.
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Irish premier Micheal Martin and Tanaiste Leo Varadkar have confirmed that indoor dining will not reopen next week as planned. When indoor mixing is resumed, it will be to limited to those who have been fully vaccinated or those who have recovered from Covid-19.
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Police are investigating suspected arson following a fire at a waste recycling plant in Belfast.Crews from Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) attended the scene of the incident at Bailey Waste Ltd, Limestone Road, Belfast, on Monday evening.Six fire trucks and 46 firefighters were deployed to fight the blaze, which has been brought under control, while members of the PSNI also attended the scene.
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The UK Government has a responsibility to "put right" the "wrong" of the Northern Ireland protocol, according to new DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson.The Lagan Valley MP was confirmed as new party leader following a meeting of the DUP ruling executive in Belfast.
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New DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has vowed to unite the party after several weeks of turbulence.Sir Jeffrey also said he expected the Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “right the wrong” of the Northern Ireland Protocol.The Lagan Valley MP was confirmed as new party leader following a meeting of the DUP ruling executive in Belfast.
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