Minister Flanagan in Belfast to continue the political talks23/10/14
Minister Flanagan is travelling to Belfast this morning, 23 October, to continue the political talks that began last week.
Minister Flanagan will meet with a range of stakeholders, including the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers, and representatives of the UUP, SDLP, Alliance and Sinn Féin.
The political talks this week are focusing on budgetary and financial issues, as well as legacy issues, including the question of dealing with the past.
Speaking today, Minister Flanagan said:
“The talks got off to a positive start last week – I am determined to build on that today. I will use my time in Belfast to consider with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Executive Parties how we can best tackle the complex legacy issues, including the very sensitive issue of dealing with the past. This is an issue that cannot be ignored – a fair, balanced, overarching framework for dealing with the past is essential so that Northern Ireland continues to make progress towards reconciliation and a shared society.
I and my Government are committed to doing everything possible to ensure that these talks result in a fair and balanced agreement – one that will secure the political institutions and advance economic prosperity and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.”
23 October 2014