Downing Street has confirmed that David Cameron has met with DUP leader Peter Robinson

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Downing Street has confirmed that David Cameron, the Prime Minister, and Theresa Villiers, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, have met for urgent talks with Peter Robinson, the First Minister and leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

The meeting comes after the Ulster Unionist Party withdrew from the Northern Executive last week over allegations that members of the Provisional IRA were involved with the murder of Kevin McGuigan.

Downing Street issued a statement saying:

“The Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland met with the leader of the DUP Peter Robinson in Downing Street this afternoon. They discussed the current challenges facing the institutions following the murder of Kevin McGuigan and the lack of progress to implement the Stormont House Agreement.

The Prime Minister recognised the gravity of the current situation and the need to rebuild trust and confidence in the political process in Northern Ireland . He reiterated his commitment to the devolved institutions and to tackling any remaining paramilitary activity in Northern Ireland.

The Prime Minister has asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to hold further urgent talks with the political parties in Northern Ireland and the Irish Government with the aim of agreeing a way forward that builds a better future for the people of Northern Ireland”.

The Ulster Unionist Party withdraw from the Northern Ireland Executive

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The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) have confirmed that they will be withdrawing from the Northern Ireland Executive. The decision comes following the murder of Kevin McGuigan which the Police Service of Northern Ireland said was committed by members of the Provisional IRA.

Mike Nesbitt, the leader of the UUP, said that he supported the decision to withdraw from the Executive. He added that:

“Sinn Fein no credibility and we have no trust and without trust we have nothing”.

Theresa Villiers, the Northern Ireland Secretary, said:

“This is a matter for the Ulster Unionist Party who take their own decisions. The Government remains fully committed to the devolved political institutions and to the implementation of the Stormont House Agreement. Over the coming days, I shall be continuing my discussions with the parties about fallout from the murder of Kevin McGuigan”.

Gerry Adams, the leader of Sinn Fein, had previously said:

“The IRA has gone and is not coming back”.