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Taoiseach speaks to Prime Minister May following Northern Ireland Assembly elections

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD spoke by telephone with Prime Minister Theresa May this afternoon. 
They agreed that early engagement by the political parties in Northern Ireland is now required with a view to re-establishing a functioning executive as soon as possible, and to address outstanding issues under the agreements. 
The Taoiseach and the Prime Minister also agreed that Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charles Flanagan and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire would engage together with the parties over the coming days. 
In a conversation that lasted 15 minutes, the Taoiseach and Prime Minister May agreed to stay in close contact, noting that they would see each other in Brussels on Thursday at the European Council.