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Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore meets Dr Richard Haass

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, Northern Ireland Peace Process, Press Releases, Northern Ireland, 2014

 

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, TD, today met Dr Richard Haass to discuss developments in the Northern Ireland Party Leaders’ Talks.

Dr Haass, who chaired talks between all parties on flags, parades and dealing with the past last year, is visiting London and Dublin ahead of the resumption of the Party Leaders’ Talks next week.

Speaking after the meeting, the Tánaiste said:

“Last year, under Richard Haass’ chairmanship, the Northern Ireland parties made enormous progress towards reaching an agreement on flags, parades and dealing with the past.  During his chairmanship, Richard Haass consulted widely across society in Northern Ireland and took back to the table a clear message from the people that they want to see the party leaders finding new, comprehensive and credible ways of dealing with legacy issues.

“Richard Haass’ visit to Dublin and London this week is timely. With the local and European elections in Northern Ireland now over, the Party Leaders are due to resume their talks next week. On the eve of the renewed talks, I want to send a message of support and solidarity to the party leaders. This is the time for agreement.”

 

ENDS

Press Office

23 May 2014

 

Notes to the editor