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Minister Flanagan welcomes appointment of former US Senator Gary Hart


The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D., this evening welcomed the appointment of former US Senator Gary Hart as Personal Representative of the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, including on issues relating to Northern Ireland.


Speaking this evening, the Minister said:

“Senator Hart’s appointment comes as the talks in Northern Ireland are underway. The contribution of the United States to the peace process has always been crucial to securing successful outcomes. Today’s announcement represents an important step forward as we seek to resolve the current political impasse and build an enduring peace and a reconciled society. I am grateful to Secretary of State Kerry and the US Administration for this very welcome initiative.


The Minister continued:

“I met Senator Hart in Dublin in August and again in Washington last month in the company of Secretary of State Kerry and Vice President Biden. Senator Hart’s political experience, analytical skills and his knowledge of Ireland will be immensely valuable as he undertakes this new role. The preliminary contacts he has already had with stakeholders in the process will also stand to him.

The Irish government is fully committed to the talks process. I warmly welcome this timely announcement by the US Administration and I look forward to working with Senator Hart in the period ahead”.



Press Office

21 October 2014