DUP leader Edwin Poots is meeting with An Taoiseach Micheál Martin this evening in Dublin.
The two leaders are to discuss Brexit and the Northern Ireland protocol, as well as the relationship between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
“North-South relations have never been as bad, I don’t blame the current Taoiseach for that, I blame the last Taoiseach,” Poots said on his way to meet Martin.
Poots further said that the previous Government, under Leo Varadkar, was to blame for the poor cross-border relations, and it was his intention to fix the relationship.
Poots went on to say that the actions of Varadkar and Simon Coveney “hurt the people of Northern Ireland.”
The DUP leader said he was hopeful to have a constructive and useful conversation with Martin, but cautioned that the Northern Ireland protocol was unworkable and urged the Taoiseach to reflect on it.
Poots has expressed his respect for Micheál Martin and wants to build a constructive relationship with him.
However, he claimed that Varadkar and Coveney has caused serious damage to the people of Northern Ireland in pushing through the Northern Ireland protocol.
This is Poots first official meeting with Taoiseach Micheál Martin after becoming leader of the DUP.