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NI First Minister Arlene Foster meets Irish PM over Brexit

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster in Dublin to discuss Brexit on 15 November 2016 Image copyright PA
Image caption First Minister Arlene Foster and Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Enda Kenny are meeting in Dublin's Government Buildings

First Minister Arlene Foster is has met Taoiseach (Irish prime minster) Enda Kenny in Dublin to discuss the implications of Brexit.

It is their first political meeting since Mrs Foster told the DUP conference that Irish government officials were talking down Northern Ireland's economy.

She said they appeared to care about the views of Northern Ireland people.

But she accused them of attempting to poach NI's foreign investors.

In response, Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan said he was both surprised and concerned.

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Image caption Northern Ireland's Economy Minister Simon Hamilton (right) is also attending the meeting
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Image caption The first minister and Taoiseach met on Sunday

Although the first minister and the Taoiseach both laid wreaths at a remembrance ceremony in Enniskillen at the weekend, this is the first opportunity for a political discussion between the two since Mrs Foster's criticism.

A senior DUP source told the BBC the talks would address the practical consequences of Brexit, serving as preparation for a bigger North/South ministerial meeting on Friday.

Questioned about whether Mrs Foster would tone down her warnings about poaching investors, the DUP source insisted Mrs Foster's message had been heard loud and clear in Dublin and had had the desired effect.

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