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Statement by Tánaiste in relation to Northern Ireland Parades Commission

Northern Ireland Peace Process, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, Press Releases, Northern Ireland, 2013
Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore T.D., made the following comment today in relation to the announcement by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland of an appointment process for a new Parades Commission:

"I take note of today’s decision by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to launch a public appointments process for a new Parades Commission. The Secretary of State informed me before making this decision.  She and I are agreed in our support for the institution of the Parades Commission and for the rule of law. 

Prudent steps have to be taken now to ensure that a Parades Commission is in place from 1 January 2014.  Responsibility for this rests with the Secretary of State.  Over the coming weeks, however, both governments will continue to encourage all stakeholders to support fresh thinking and political agreement on the issue of parades in the context of Haass talks. I will discuss the issue of parades with Richard Haass when we meet again later this month.  

I wish to commend the current Parades Commission under the chairmanship of Peter Osborne.  They have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to public service in often difficult circumstances and have over the course of their term to date contributed to reducing tensions around a number of previously contentious parades.  I wish them well with their continued work for the remainder of this year and would hope that the new Commission will be of equal calibre and commitment".