Kenny speaks to Theresa May following Northern Ireland elections

They both agreed a functioning executive should be re-established as soon as possible

Kenny speaks to Theresa May following Northern Ireland elections

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The Taoiseach spoke to British Prime Minister Theresa May today following the Northern Ireland Assembly elections. 

Enda Kenny spoke by telephone with Prime Minister Theresa May earlier this afternoon. 

They agreed that early engagement by the political parties in Northern Ireland is now required with a view to re-establishing a functioning executive as soon as possible, and to address outstanding issues under the agreements. 

The Taoiseach and the Prime Minister also agreed that Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire would engage together with the parties over the coming days. 

In a conversation that lasted 15 minutes, the Taoiseach and Prime Minister May agreed to stay in close contact, noting that they would see each other in Brussels on Thursday at the European Council.

Gerry Adams recently said that both the Irish and British governments are partly to blame for the current situation in Northern Ireland.

He said "They have failed to uphold the equality obligations of the Good Friday and subsequent agreements and failed to ensure the implementation of an Irish Language act."