Ministers welcome progress in Northern Ireland Talks13 November 2014
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D., and Minister of State, Seán Sherlock T.D., today welcomed the good progress that was made during this week's political talks in Belfast.
Following agreement at last week's review meeting on the need for an intensification of the talks process, a comprehensive series of meetings and engagements involving all Executive Parties and both Governments was held over the last two days. A full day was dedicated to discussions on how best to deal with the legacy of the past, with financial and budgetary matters being the focus of discussions today.
Speaking from Stormont House this afternoon, Minister Flanagan said:
"I very much welcome the clear progress that has been made during the talks this week. The intensification of the process has enabled very substantial discussions on key issues, including dealing with the past. I was encouraged by the positive atmosphere and the constructive approach demonstrated by all parties. While challenges clearly remain to reaching a comprehensive agreement, I believe we are moving in the right direction".
Minister Sherlock added:
"I was encouraged by the productive talks this week and the evident commitment of all parties to work collectively to make progress. The engagement on the challenging issue of dealing with the past was serious and meaningful. Minister Flanagan and I will return to Belfast next week for further intensive talks".
13 November 2014