All-Ireland talks on Brexit impact being held in Dublin
Politicians from Northern Ireland and the Republic will meet in Dublin later to discuss the implications of Brexit for the island.
Representatives from business and farming organisations, as well as civic society, will also attend the talks. However, neither the DUP nor the Ulster Unionist Party will be at the conference. The All Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit is taking place at the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham.
Taoiseach (prime minister) Enda Kenny wants to hear from those affected by the UK’s decision to leave the European Union and to map out the challenges posed and their potential impact on different parts of society.
Although unionist parties will not be present, Alliance leader Naomi Long and party colleague Stephen Farry will be there.
DUP leader Arlene Foster has dismissed the gathering as a grand-standing exercise for what she calls “remoaners”, but said real business could be done at the North South Ministerial Council meeting later this month.