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Democratic Unionists in Northern Ireland become election key

Bennie Garza | 11 June, 2017, 11:15

Not in a formal coalition like we saw in 2010 but via agreements made between the two parties, the 10 elected seats the DUP won following yesterday's election are set to propel the Tories to a slender majority just short of the majority held prior to May's decision to call the snap General Election.

There's no specific deal yet, but Ms May has said her party "will continue to work with our friends and allies in the Democratic Unionist Party in particular".

See from Fintan O'Toole of the Irish Times, from last month: "What connects Brexit, the DUP, dark money and a Saudi prince?".

The DUP's support would allow Theresa May's minority government to pass legislation more easily.

Early in his political career, the colourful cleric became a byword for bigotry and intolerance of Catholics.

But the party's vision of Brexit is a fairly hard one - it was the most Eurosceptic party in the United Kingdom before the ascent of UKIP.

While the DUP remains socially conservative - opposing abortion and gay marriage - Foster is also politically pragmatic, with good working relationships with ministers in the Republic of Ireland.

At least one senior party member has defended creationism, the theory that the world was created by God 10,000 years ago.

And Paisley once declared the country and western style of dancing as "sinful".

Party leader Foster is expected to seek concessions in a new government. She must now make clear what the terms of that deal are.

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds said his party will insist that the new Conservative government promises that there would be no post-Brexit special status for Northern Ireland would effectively keep the region with one foot still inside the EU. "The campaign period has seen considerable volatility, including two terrorist attacks, a u-turn on the major policy issue of social care and an upsurge of public support - at least in the polls - for Jeremy Corbyn and the Labor Party".

Emma Little-Pengelly, Belfast South: 37-year-old mother of three is a first-time MP and sole woman in the DUP's Westminster line-up.

"As I reflect on the results, I will reflect on what we need to do in the future to take the party forward", May said.

"DUP try to prop up a paper thin majority with a hard Brexit, there is no way I would think that Sinn Fein would even entertain the thought of setting up an executive with them", said political commentator Alex Kane. A country in which prosperity and opportunity are shared right across this United Kingdom.

They draw parallels between Northern Ireland's experience of terrorism and Israel's and feel that both Ulster unionists and Israeli Jews get an unfair hearing in the world's press.

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