British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives have reached a "broad agreement" with the ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party to prop up her minority government, a source told AFP on Thursday after her election fiasco.
But even as outgoing Taoiseach Kenny directly warned Prime Minister May of her obligation to treat all of Northern Ireland's parties even-handedly, his successor, Leo Varadkar, held out the hope that the DUP's hold over Mrs May's majority might now mean "a soft Brexit" compared to her earlier stance.
They say the British government's independence will be compromised in the talks aimed at restoring power sharing in the north, particularly if Northern Secretary James Brokenshire chairs the Stormont talks.
During the appearance, Ms O'Neill said: 'We made very clear to the prime minister that any deal between herself and the DUP can not undermine the Good Friday agreement.
The PM told the backbench 1922 Committee on Monday a deal with the DUP would not affect power-sharing talks in Northern Ireland or LGBT rights.
It is thought Mrs Foster, despite being a Brexit supporter, could seek assurances from Mrs May that she will pursue a softer exit from the European Union, given Northern Ireland's 56% Remain vote and the DUP's desire not to see a return to a hard border with Ireland.
Sir John said he was "concerned" about the DUP deal, and said he is "wary" and "dubious" about the deal "both for peace process reasons but also for others reasons as well".
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He thinks it risks violence returning to Northern Ireland..
The Conservatives, who have 317 MPs, are looking to strike a deal with the DUP, who have 10.
"I understand there is a new United Kingdom government and changes in the government in the Republic but there remains no impetus to this process, which doesn't inspire confidence", he said.
But the source confirmed there was no need for a deal on a so-called "confidence and supply" arrangement to be sealed in order to press ahead with the Speech, and said Mrs May wanted the Government to "get on with its business".
A senior Tory source said talks with the DUP would continue on Wednesday.
"The two issues - Northern Ireland and Brexit - might end up making the other more hard, in a vicious circle", Usherwood said.