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Minister Flanagan meets Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers, MP

Minister Charles Flanagan, Northern Ireland Peace Process, Press Releases, Ireland, 2015

 

Minister Flanagan meets Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers MP, to discuss the situation in Northern Ireland

Speaking after his meeting with Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers MP, to discuss the situation in Northern Ireland, Charlie Flanagan TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade said:

“Minister Fitzgerald, Minister Sherlock and I had a very good meeting with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland today. We covered a number of issues but top of our agenda was the developing political situation in Northern Ireland and the related issue of implementation of the Stormont House Agreement.

“We agreed that our number one priority is to protect the Good Friday Agreement and that we must work with the parties in Northern Ireland to strive in every practical way for reconciliation in the context of democratic power-sharing institutions. We looked the possible options aimed at resolving the current difficulties and agreed to stay in close contact in the coming days as discussions continue with the parties in Northern Ireland.

“It is my firm belief that interests and welfare of the people of Northern Ireland are best served by an exclusive power sharing Executive and Assembly, as envisaged in the Good Friday Agreement. The collapse of those institutions would serve no one.

“I welcome the recent statement by Peter Robinson and his willingness to allow time and space for the parties to address the current concerns and seek to resolve the current situation. I and my colleagues in Government are willing to look at all options on how best to take the current situation in a positive direction that can address the legitimate concerns of many, rebuild trust and confidence and ensure the full implementation of the Stormont House Agreement.

“My focus will continue to be on the need to protect the Good Friday Agreement and to safeguard its political institutions. They are our best prospect for lasting peace and reconciliation. It is in that spirit that I approached today’s meeting with the Secretary of State and it is in that spirit we agreed to continue our work together.”

ENDS

Press Office

1 September 2015