DUP leader Arlene Foster has revealed she has had to turn down an invite to an address by Pope Francis in Dublin next Saturday.
The DUP said Mrs Foster had received an invitation from the Irish government to attend Dublin Castle on August 25.
However, she is unable to attend.
“Mrs Foster has received an invitation from the Republic of Ireland’s government to an address by Pope Francis in Dublin Castle on Saturday 25th August,” said a DUP statement.
Mrs Foster appreciates the invitation but regretfully will be away with her family at that time. She particularly acknowledges the significance of this event for many Roman Catholics in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.”