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Statement by Minister on Stormont Talks

Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D., on the Stormont Talks

Speaking from Stormont Castle, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan stated:

“The deadline for the formation of a new Northern Ireland Executive is 4pm tomorrow. After three weeks of intensive engagement, in which I and my officials have actively participated, the political parties in Northern Ireland have not yet been able to reach agreement. Despite constructive engagement by all of the parties and important progress being made during these discussions, it has not yet been possible to make the necessary breakthroughs on a small number of core issues.

“This is a critical time for Northern Ireland. We are on the cusp of the triggering of Article 50 by the UK Government. It is the strong wish of the Irish Government to see power-sharing re-established so that the interests of the people in Northern Ireland are best protected and advanced. I therefore urge the parties to avail of the remaining time available to re-engage on the few outstanding issues that divide them.

“I have been keeping the Taoiseach fully informed of developments throughout the process and the Irish Government will continue to play its part in facilitating a positive outcome. I remain available in Belfast for further discussions.”

Press Office
26 March 2017