The story says that:
“DUP leader Peter Robinson has raised the possibility of his party merging with the Ulster Unionists to prevent Sinn Féin being entitled to the First Minister role in a future Northern Ireland executive.”
A full-scale merger of the two main unionist parties would change northern politics more than anything seen for a generation. Whether the RTÉ story is correct, or whether it is an exaggeration of the speculative reasons behind the DUP-UUP-Tory ‘secret talks’ is hard to say. No other news outlet appears to be running with the story.