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Minister Flanagan and Theresa Villiers MP discuss priorities & challenges ahead



This afternoon (Monday) the British P.M., David Cameron, confirmed the re-appointment of Theresa Villiers MP as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Speaking following the appointment, Charlie Flanagan TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade said:

"I welcome the re-appointment of Theresa Villiers as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. With this important Cabinet role now filled, there is no time to lose in getting down to business. I have already had a constructive discussion with Secretary of State Villiers this afternoon on our priorities and the challenges that lie ahead. In particular, we discussed the crucial work that remains to be done in implementing the Stormont House Agreement.

As Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, my working relations with Theresa Villiers have been very close and constructive, involving regular and in-depth engagement, in particular in the countless hours of negotiations leading to the Stormont House Agreement.

Since the Good Friday Agreement, sustained and active partnership between the British and Irish Governments has been a key driver of the peace process. The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has a critical and decisive role to play in that relationship.

Last December, with the signing of the Stormont House Agreement, we both saw what can be achieved when the two Governments and the Northern Ireland Executive parties work together towards the shared aims of advancing the reconciliation agenda and building a more prosperous Northern Ireland for its people. It is time to return to this work.

I look forward to doing so in partnership with Theresa Villiers and in support of the power-sharing institutions in Belfast."

Press Office
11 May 2015