Ireland's new gay prime minister pressed the DUP on marriage equality

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He told gathered reporters that there was "a little thrill in it". We spoke on the way in and I was reminded of that famous scene in Love, Actually where Hugh Grant does hiss dance down the stairs.

"The Brexit negotiations between the European Union and Britain get underway in Brussels this morning, so this meeting in London presents the new Taoiseach with the ideal opportunity to follow-through on his previous statements by standing up for all the people of the island of Ireland".

"It does, I think, underline and emphasise the strength and the closeness of the relationship that exists between our two countries", he said.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar offered his condolences to the United Kingdom following the Grenfell tower block fire, as well as the numerous terror-related incidents that have affected the country.

They are DUP issues, British government issues, and they are Irish government issues. "When there is an attack on London, we feel in Ireland that is nearly an attack on us as well.".

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"I just want you to know that you have our support and our solidarity and, if there's anything that we can do to assist, we're ready and willing to do so". "We need to build a new, deep and special partnership with the European Union, we want that free trade deal which allows us to have as seamless and frictionless..."

Mrs May meanwhile, said her Conservative Party is continuing its talks with the DUP in relation to agreeing to a confidence and supply arrangement in Westminster.

Some political leaders in Northern Ireland fear a tie-up between the two could unsettle politics in Britain's smallest province, where pro-British unionists share power with Irish nationalists following a 1998 peace deal that ended three decades of sectarian violence.

"I am very reassured by what the Prime Minister said to me today that that won't be the case".

He also said during the press conference that Arlene Foster and the DUP "have a different view on this matter", before saying that "there wasn't a meeting of the minds on this issue, but it's not one that I'm not going to continue to raise".