DUP leader Ian Paisley is, for the first time, to hold talks with Archbishop Seán Brady, Primate of All Ireland.

The discussions will take place at Stormont on Monday week before the DUP and other parties travel to Scotland for talks about the future of power sharing in Northern Ireland with Tony Blair and the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern.

Recently the DUP promised that it would consult widely before making its judgement about the possibility of devolved government.

The meeting with Dr Brady is part of that consultation process.

Last Monday, Dr Paisley and the DUP delegation held discussion with the moderator of the Presbyterian Church.

A DUP spokesman said this evening that the party welcomes the opportunity to discuss the current political situation with Dr Brady.