NI Secretary to meet Coveney on Friday

Karen Bradley is on her first working day in NI

Karen Bradley is on her first working day in NI

DUP leader Arlene Foster added: "This is clearly a hard time for not only James but for Cathy, his wife and his children".

Ms Bradley is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser.

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood MLA met with Mrs Bradley and discussed a constructive way forward.

"The call today by the DUP leader for the introduction of Tory direct rule makes clear they have no interest in resolving the issues at the heart of the current crisis and no interest in re-entering powersharing on the basis of equality and respect", she said.

Sinn Fein's continued "eulogising" of the IRA is thwarting efforts to build a shared future in Northern Ireland, Democratic Unionist leader Arlene Foster has warned.

"So time is short and the clock is ticking".

Britain's Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley leaves 10 Downing Street. Once one of the world's leading industrial cities and now one of the world's largest urban-waterfront regeneration schemes.

"I understand the importance of dealing with the past and securing a safe and prosperous future".

However speaking after the announcement, she said she was looking forward to her new role.

Bradley was previously Culture Secretary and was given her new role as part of Theresa May's government reshuffle.

South Korea to honor 2015 'comfort women' accord with Japan
But Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has insisted the delay is a practical necessity to accommodate the Olympics, not a political gesture.

The 47-year-old was appointed on Monday after previous Secretary of State James Brokenshire announced his resignation from the cabinet for health reasons.

Brokenshire has a small lesion on his right lung and will have surgery in the coming weeks.

A fall-out between the two leading political parties, the DUP and Sinn Fein, has meant that has been no Northern Ireland Executive in operation for nearly a year.

Mrs Bradley then worked as an accountant and a tax adviser for nearly 20 years, before entering politics.

He was elected at the 2005 general election to the now dissolved constituency of Hornchurch'.

She has held a number of government positions, including senior Whip at the Treasury.

In a post made this afternoon, Mr Brokenshire said: "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".

Conservative MP for Staffordshire Moorlands, Bradley has been secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport since July 2016.

Her tenure was dominated by her decision to refer Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox's takeover bid for Sky to the media and competition regulators.

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