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Minister Flanagan to discuss Northern Ireland talks with Northern Secretary


Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, T.D., will meet the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers, M.P., in Dublin today, to discuss the forthcoming political talks in Northern Ireland.

The Talks are being convened by the two Governments to deal with the outstanding issues facing the Northern Ireland Executive, including the issues of parades, flags and identity, and dealing with the past.

Speaking ahead the meeting, Minister Flanagan said:

“The Secretary of State and I are agreed on the need for All-Party talks to resolve the current impasse facing the Northern Ireland Executive. We support a fully functioning partnership government in Northern Ireland.

”Our discussion is about how we can best work with the North’s political parties to resolve current difficulties and legacy issues which continue to have a corrosive effect on government and across the community in Northern Ireland”

The meeting with Secretary of State Villiers follows talks in Dublin last Friday with Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. Minister Flanagan will also brief the Secretary of State on his recent trip to the United States and contacts with senior figures in the administration there, including Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry.

Minister Flanagan added:

“Vice President Biden and Secretary of State Kerry assured me that the US administration is determined that the planned talks should succeed. Their continued support for the Peace Process and support for this Talks process, should encourage all those involved to engage in a spirit of common purpose to deliver for the people of Northern Ireland.”


Press Office
October 6th, 2014