Published on Thursday7thJune2018

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar visits Northern Ireland

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar continues a trip to Northern Ireland for a range of engagements in Belfast and Newry.


The trip was organised as a direct engagement with Northern Ireland’s civil society, so that the Taoiseach could meet people from both communities and get their views on a range of current issues.

The Taoiseach met with representatives of civic unionism on Thursday evening and will paid a visit to the Museum of Orange Heritage – the first such visit by a serving Taoiseach.

The Taoiseach met with representatives of the broader business and community sectors, and also launched this year’s programme for the Féile an Phobail community festival in West Belfast. 

The Taoiseach visited the oldest GAA club in Co. Down at Mayobridge, before meeting the Chief Executives of the North/South Implementation Bodies in Newry.

The Taoiseach heard the views of people from all traditions about the current political impasse in Northern Ireland and the ongoing Brexit negotiations. He also set out the Irish Government’s firm commitment to the peace process and north-south co-operation, stressing the need for parties to work together to restore power-sharing.