Stormont House Agreement Implementation Review published25 June 2015
Stormont House Agreement Implementation Review published
Ministers Flanagan and Sherlock today attended fourth Implementation Review Meeting in Belfast
Today (Thursday), the fourth Stormont House Agreement implementation review meeting took place in Belfast. Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, and Minister for North/South Cooperation, Sean Sherlock TD, represented the Irish Government at roundtable discussions with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers, and the leaders of the five Executive Parties. An implementation review document was discussed and agreed (link below).
Speaking following the review meeting in Stormont House today, Minister Flanagan stated:
“The review of progress that we are publishing today illustrates the good work done towards establishing new mechanisms to deal with the legacy of the past. These will help thousands of families touched by the Troubles. We continue to bring forward our work on North-South priorities; the Irish Government, for its part, has already fulfilled many of its financial commitments under the Agreement, including the allocation of €5m to the IFI (International Fund for Ireland) and the disbursement of over €1.5 million from the Department’s Reconciliation Fund.
"Some difficult issues remain to be addressed – this will require resolute leadership. There is now a limited window of opportunity to find a way to address these issues. It is essential that the political leaders in Northern Ireland exercise their authority and responsibility to come to a workable and sustainable resolution to the issues at hand, and intensify their efforts on delivering the Agreement as a whole. The Irish Government will continue to support this collective effort.”
Minister of State for North/South Cooperation, Mr Seán Sherlock, TD, said:
“We reached the Stormont House Agreement because of a collective recognition of what it had to offer across a range of issues that had been a longstanding source of difficulty. We always recognised that the implementation process would be challenging but I am hopeful that, with political will, a way through the current challenges can be found.”
25 June 2015
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