Taoiseach visits Northern Ireland amid security concerns

Leo Varadkar is visiting Belfast shortly after his own image was burnt at a loyalist bonfire during the 12th of July celebrations

Leo Varadkar: Today’s trip is the Taoiseach’s first official visit to the North since he took over the role in November last year. Picture: John Allen

Leo Varadkar will meet with leaders of the main Northern Ireland parties during a visit to Belfast today, despite security concerns.

The Taoiseach will hold a round of bilateral meetings with the leaders of the main Northern Ireland political parties, including Michelle O’Neill of Sinn Féin, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), Naomi Long of the Alliance Party, Doug Beattie of the Ulster Unionist Party, and Matthew O’Toole of the Social and ...