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Focus on 'legacy issues' as Lewis and Coveney meet

Brandon Lewis. Credit: PA

The new secretary of state for Northern Ireland and the tánaiste have met for the first time.

Brandon Lewis and Simon Coveney discussed the restoration of Stormont during their meeting in Belfast on Friday.

Mr Lewis replaced Juilan Smith in the role after last week’s cabinet reshuffle.

Mr Coveney remains in his role as caretaker, after his party Fine Gael suffered huge losses in the Republic of Ireland’s recent election.

After the meeting, the tánaiste said their exchanges were “good and cordial”.

He added: "Like his predecessor, it's really important that the two governments work together closely on a lot of very awkward and difficult political issues.

"A number of the domestic challenges here in Northern Ireland I think are going to be very challenging for the new Secretary of State and I want to work with him on that, in particular in relation to legacy - the legacy of the past, how we deal with that.

"We have an agreement of course - the British and Irish Governments in Stormont House.

"And I spoke to him today about the need to implement that agreement in full and I think we're going to work on that."

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