Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, T.D.26/8/15
“I respect the right of the UUP Executive to make its own judgements in regard to participation in the devolved Northern Ireland Executive.
However, I firmly believe the interests and welfare of the people of Northern Ireland are best served by an inclusive power-sharing Executive, as envisaged in the Good Friday Agreement.
I remain in close touch with developments and my officials are actively monitoring the situation in Northern Ireland. Minister Fitzgerald and I will meet with Secretary of State Villiers early next week to discuss the serious situation in Northern Ireland.”