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Minister Flanagan thanks outgoing Alliance leader David Ford MLA

Minister Charles Flanagan, Northern Ireland Peace Process, Press Releases, Northern Ireland, 2016

- Minister Flanagan expresses his appreciation for David Ford’s leadership and wishes him well for the future.

- Minister Flanagan recognises the former Justice Minister’s positive impact on the Northern Ireland Peace Process

“On his final day as leader of the Alliance Party, I want to pay tribute to David Ford. I have had the privilege of working closely with David Ford on a wide range of issues relating to Northern Ireland, including during the successful negotiations of the Stormont House and Fresh Start agreements. I witnessed David display the great courage, patience and vision that characterised his 15 years as leader of the Alliance Party. As Justice Minister, he ensured that the devolution of policing and justice powers to the Executive was a success, a significant step towards achieving the full promise of peace on this island.”

“Consistently throughout his career, David has demonstrated through his steadfast commitment and leadership the promise and benefits of inclusive politics for all in Northern Ireland.”

“I wish David well in his ongoing work as an MLA for South Antrim.

“I look forward to working with David’s successor.”

ENDS

Press Office

6 October 2016