Flanagan welcomes progress on full implementation of Stormont House Agreement30 January 2015
Speaking from Belfast today, where the first meeting to review the implementation of the Stormont House agreement took place, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, said:
“We have agreed a timeline today which sets out a detailed roadmap to full implementation of the Stormont House Agreement. The timetable is ambitious, as the vision of the Stormont House Agreement demands, and will require sustained engagement and cooperation on all of our parts. Establishing the mechanisms provided for in the Agreement will require a significant amount of work to be done in Stormont, Westminster and in the Houses of the Oireachtas. I am confident that the NI Executive parties, together with the two Governments, will continue to demonstrate the focus and leadership that led to the Stormont House Agreement, as we now make the commitments of that Agreement a reality.
"The Northern Ireland Executive has already made a number of important decisions in implementing key aspects of the Agreement. I am pleased to say that the Irish Government has fulfilled its commitment to allocate €5 million to the International Fund for Ireland to support its vital work on reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the border counties in the South. The Stormont House Agreement is therefore already making a positive difference in people’s lives.”
Minister of State Seán Sherlock, who accompanied Minister Flanagan to Belfast, stated that:
“Today was an important opportunity for Northern Ireland’s political leaders to come together with the Irish and British Governments to demonstrate a collective determination that the Stormont House Agreement reaches its full potential, this includes furthering genuine reconciliation across divided communities and economic renewal. Regular review and implementation meetings such as this are a key part of ensuring that the Agreement delivers for all.
Together with Minister Flanagan, I look forward to participating in the institutional meeting of the North-South Ministerial Council next month when a number of North/South aspects of the Stormont House Agreement will be discussed with the First and deputy First Minister.”
30 January 2015