The Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has said her party will contest European Parliament elections in Northern Ireland, if they are held as a result of a long Brexit extension. 

Speaking in Dublin she said: "If an election happens, we will fight the election. We are ready." 

She said irrespective of whatever outcome there is to Brexit, Sinn Féin wanted to ensure that "... promises made to Ireland over our peace process, economy and people will be protected." 

Deputy McDonald said she was going to meet the British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in London tomorrow to discuss Brexit. 

However, she said it was unclear to her whether the talks between the Conservatives and Labour would be successful. 

The Sinn Féin President added: "Ireland will not be the collateral damage in a Tory Brexit." 

She was speaking before the Sinn Féin Ard Comhairle meeting in Dublin today.