NI ASSEMBLY Johnson lauds return of Northern Ireland parliament


Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Northern Ireland to mark the restoration of the British province’s devolved executive after three years and to hold talks with Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar.

Parties representing Irish nationalists and pro-British unionists ended a three-year standoff that had threatened a key part of the region’s 1998 peace settlement by forming a new power-sharing administration.

Johnson met First Minister Arlene Foster of the pro-British Democratic Unionist Party and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill of Irish nationalists Sinn Fein on arrival at the Stormont estate, seat of the Northern Ireland government.

Varadkar and Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney arrived later to take party in the talks.