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Gilmore calls for calm in Northern Ireland

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., has encouraged political and community leaders in Belfast to prevent a recurrence of violence this weekend.

The Tánaiste noted the progress that has been made in recent days following the successful visit to Northern Ireland of future talks Chair Richard Haass, and the commitment by the Orange Order to engage with that process. 

He cautioned, however, that we cannot wait for the start of talks in the autumn to ease the tensions around interface areas.  

Gilmore said: 

“That work must start now and we must, at all costs, avoid a repeat of sustained unrest that did so much harm to investment and job creation efforts earlier this year”.

Above all, people must support the rule of law and the PSNI charged with upholding the law."