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DUP ‘dismisses dark money row as reheated story’

Sinn Féin has met with the Electoral Commission to discuss its concerns over a controversial Brexit donation of around £425,000 made to the DUP during last year's referendum campaign.

The money came from pro-Brexit group the Constitutional Research Council and more than half of it was spent on a double-page ad in the Metro newspaper, which is not published in Northern Ireland.

The CRC is chaired by Richard Cook, a businessman and a former vice chairman of the Scottish Conservatives.

However, there are concerns from the DUP’s political opponents that three donors associated with the CRC have not been named by the party.

The DUP has hit back saying that the row over the so-called ‘dark money’ is an attempt to reheat an old story.

As UTV Deputy Political Editor Tracey Magee reports, a spokesman for the Electoral Commission said it is not currently investigating the party.



EU’s chief negotiator to address Irish Parliament

During his two-day visit to the Republic, Michel Barnier will also travel to the border region Credit: PA

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator will address the Irish Parliament on Thursday.

Michel Barnier is being given a privilege normally only afforded to visiting heads of state and prime ministers.

During his two-day visit to the Republic, the former French foreign minister will also travel to the border region and see first-hand where the UK split from the European Union is likely to be most keenly felt.

Mr Barnier will also meet Taoiseach Enda Kenny during a trip expected to focus on the particular issues Brexit raises on the island of Ireland.

Businesses fear trade across the UK's only land frontier with the EU could be complicated by a hard border post-Brexit but the Westminster has promised to seek a "frictionless" arrangement between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

The thorny question of how to maintain a free-flowing border is a key "phase one" issue for the EU, according to European Council President Donald Tusk.

European leaders consider NI re-entry into EU in case of United Ireland

European leaders are to discuss arrangements for Northern Ireland to rejoin the EU after Brexit, in the event of a united Ireland.

The discussions will take place at the first summit in Brussels to hammer the guidelines for the European position in the Brexit negotiations. It has added to speculation that the move could further de-stabilse the Union.

UTV Deputy Political Editor Tracey Magee reports.

Derry hosts ‘Brexit in the words of the people’

The Playhouse in Londonderry is hosting one of the biggest theatrical events in Northern Ireland this year, with the National Theatre in town to perform a play about Brexit.

As UTV’s Gareth Wilkinson reports, the National Theatre interviewed voters across the UK in the aftermath of the EU referendum.

The views of Brexiteers and Remainers - from the extreme to the humorous - have been shaped into a play entitled My Country, A Work In Progress by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

One of the seven characters is Derry/Londonderry, played by a young actor from Northern Ireland.

The play, which is touring the UK, is in Derry until Saturday.

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