Arlene Foster, the DUP leader, has insisted she does not want to "pull up the drawbridge" between the north and south in a speech aimed at defusing Brexit tensions with the Irish government.
Speaking at the Killarney Economic Conference conference, Ms Foster said it was "not in our interests to see the Republic of Ireland do anything other than prosper."
"The Democratic Unionist Party supported the UK leaving the European Union but in so doing Brexit is not about pulling up the drawbridge, building a wall and cutting ourselves off from our nearest neighbours," she added.
"I know that we are rivals in some respects, but in so many ways success for one of us is success for the other. As we chart a new course for the future, it is not in our interests to see the Republic of Ireland do anything other than prosper."
It comes as the DUP launches a charm offensive in the south aimed at healing...
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