The Tánaiste is in Northern Ireland for two days of private talks with political leaders and members of the business community.

Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar will have a series of meetings in Belfast and Newry.

Sinn Féin's leader in Northern Ireland and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill had to withdraw from scheduled talks today after contracting Covid-19, so Mr Varadkar will instead meet the party’s Stormont Finance Minister Conor Murphy.

Mr Varadkar will also meet SDLP leader Colum Eastwood, Alliance Party leader Naomi Long and Ulster Unionist leader Doug Beattie.

He will have discussions with DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson tomorrow.

The ongoing dispute over the Northern Ireland Protocol, Covid recovery plans and the British government’s controversial plan to end prosecutions for Troubles killings will also be on the agenda.

Mr Varadkar will have a number of meetings with business representatives, including InterTrade Ireland, which helps businesses on both sides of the border.