Northern Ireland party leader in talks with Conservatives

LONDON (AP) — The leader of a Northern Ireland-based party struck a 1.5 billion pound ($1.9 billion) deal with British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives on Monday to support her minority government in a crucial vote on her legislative package later this week.

The Conservatives wanted to increase her party's majority before going into formal Brexit negotiations with the European Union. The massive injection of funds her government pledged in exchange angered the leaders of Scotland and Wales, as well as Northern Ireland's other parties.

"The government must immediately answer two questions: Where is the money for the Tory-DUP deal coming from, and will all parts of the United Kingdom - not just devolved nations but regions like Yorkshire as well - receive the much needed additional funding that Northern Ireland will get as part of the deal".

Nicola Sturgeon, first minister of Scotland called the deal "the worst kind of pork barrel politics", and the first minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones said that it was "a straight bung".

The so-called confidence-and-supply agreement caps 17 days of discussions after the Conservatives unexpectedly lost their parliamentary majority in this month's snap election. While Crispin Blunt reminded the House that the DUP had got nearly as much out of Labour in 2008 for voting for 42 days detention as they have out of the Tories. The DUP said it would apply for the lifetime of the Parliament, scheduled to last five years, but would also be reviewed at the end of the current session in two years' time.

"I welcome this agreement, which will enable us to work together in the interest of the whole United Kingdom, give us the certainty we require as we embark on our departure from the European Union, and help us build a stronger and fairer society at home", May said in a statement.

Mr Adams said any extra money for Northern Ireland is a good thing, adding: "We may be able to say well done Arlene, when we have the Executive in place". However, the election gave May a hung parliament, which forced her hand to make a deal with DUP in order to form a government.

The main opposition Labour Party questioned the deal and suggested other parts of the country should also benefit from extra funding.

It was signed by Tory chief whip Gavin Williamson and the DUP's Sir Jeffrey Donaldson as Mrs May and Mrs Foster, along with British minister Damian Green and the DUP's Nigel Dodds, watched on.

THE €1billion Tory-DUP agreement was today slammed as a "grubby" deal to allow PM Theresa May to cling to power.

It means: the Tories get it and are willing to pay: the number of elderly people in Northern Ireland is growing dramatically and the province is colder than most of the UK. As part of the arrangement, funds will be earmarked to address a major traffic bottleneck involving three busy roads, as well as improving high-speed internet services.

Ireland's foreign minister Simon Coveney said there were still significant gaps between Sinn Fein and the DUP.

DUP leaders had previously said that an agreement with the Conservatives will offer stable British government. So, it was less than surprising when anti-austerity campaigners and pundits alike started using the metaphor for the Tory-DUP deal.