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Minister Sherlock welcomes resumption of Northern Ireland talks

Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North-South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, today welcomed the resumption of Northern Ireland talks.
Minister Sherlock commented:

“I welcome the remarks made by the British Secretary of State, Theresa Villiers, at the Conservative Party conference this afternoon that a new round of negotiations are to be convened by the British and Irish governments.
“As the first Minister of State with responsibility for co-operation between North and South, I believe these talks are necessary and, working with my colleague the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, am determined to use whatever influence I can to make them succeed. The Tánaiste has also indicated that she stands ready to play her part in supporting the forthcoming talks.
"As co-guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement, the Irish Government along with our counterparts in London, can play an important part in finding solutions to outstanding issues, including the issues of flags, parades and dealing with the legacy of the past that are outstanding from the Haass process.
“It is clear already in my visits to communities and engagement with a wide array of actors in Northern Ireland that there is a yearning for the political situation to be fully resolved."

Minister Sherlock also welcomed the continued interest from the US administration, including by Vice-President Biden and Secretary of State Kerry.

Press Office
28 September 2014