Arlene Foster has claimed a deal between the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party is close to being completed.
The two parties have been negotiating a 'confidence and supply' arrangement following the general election earlier this month.
The deal has been critical for Theresa May and the Tories after their Parliamentary majority was wiped out, leaving them short of the support they need to implement their legislative plans.
In a commentary for The Belfast Telegraph, the DUP leader wrote of her belief that the deal was close to being finalised.
The talks have been beset by rumours of tension over a reported demand of £2bn for Northern Ireland.
Foster appeared to reference this by saying "progress had been slow" and how the parties continue to work through the "issues".