Irish PM calls on EU, UK to work together over growing tension in Northern Ireland

“EU and UK dialogue is needed,” Martin told Northern Ireland leaders, noting that “that’s very much where it’s at. Ireland is willing to help in any way we can.” [EPA-EFE/FRANCISCO SECO]

Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin has called on the EU and the UK to work together to overcome the mounting tension over the Northern Ireland protocol that has sparked nightly rioting and some of the worst violence Northern Ireland has seen in years. 

“EU and UK dialogue is needed,” Martin told Northern Ireland leaders, noting that “that’s very much where it’s at. Ireland is willing to help in any way we can.”

Regarding the clashes in the north, Martin also said he had “appraised Brussels of the sensitivities.” “Everyone is on the one page to stop the violence, reduce tensions and avoid any escalation,” he added.

However, the discussion did not lead to any agreement being made regarding the current Northern Ireland protocol, the main source of unrest between unionists and loyalists. While Martin said he understood unionist concerns, he confirmed that the protocol will not be renegotiated as of now. (Paula Kenny | EURACTIV.com)

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