Local tributes as Brokenshire bows out due to illness

Local tributes as Brokenshire bows out due to illness

Retail NI has welcomed the appointment of Karen Bradley as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and has urged her to hit the ground running to restore devolution.

She joined the Conservatives and in 2010 won the seat of Staffordshire Moorlands from Labour, becoming a government whip three years later and a junior minister in 2014.

"We must also continue the work to deliver a Brexit that recognises Northern Ireland's unique circumstances and avoids a hard border on the island of Ireland while maintaining the economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom", she said.

Sinn Féin leader in Northern Ireland, Michelle O'Neill, says her party is still "up for government".

"I have a small lesion in my right lung which needs to be removed".

Brokenshire tweeted appreciation for "all of the kinds messages" he's received since his announcement. "Standing down will allow me to focus completely on my family, my health and recovering from surgery speedily so that I can get back to frontline politics as early as I can", he added. "Not quite how I thought I'd mark my 50th birthday!"

Arlene Foster said meeting the newly appointed Secretary of State of Northern Ireland was "incredibly useful".

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Mr Brokenshire's resignation came prior to the Prime Minister's cabinet reshuffle.

Mr Coveney is now on a visit to the Middle East and will stop over in London on his way back to Ireland.

The MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup was a long-term colleague of Prime Minister Theresa May's, having previously worked with her at the Home Office.

"His unwavering commitment - in public and in private - over the previous year to securing the effective operation of the devolved power-sharing institutions in Belfast has been hugely important", he said.

Brokenshire took the role of secretary of state in July 2016, a few weeks after Britain's vote to leave the European Union.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and his predecessor Charlie Flanagan had a good working relationship with Mr Brokenshire. "I know there are challenges but we need to deliver devolved government to Northern Ireland as soon as possible and that's what I'm determined to do". I send my best wishes to him and the entire Brokenshire family.

"A key part of my role will be to help build a Northern Ireland that is fit for the future and works for everyone", she said.

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