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Minister Flanagan urges NI Party Leaders to show courage and leadership as talks near conclusion


The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, will travel to Belfast today (Monday) to co-chair all party talks convened by the Irish and British Governments to agree the implementation of the Stormont House Agreement and to tackle the legacy of paramilitarism in Northern Ireland.

Speaking ahead of his arrival at Stormont House, Minister Flanagan stated:

"We are now reaching the critical final days of the Talks process.  I believe a comprehensive agreement can be reached that sets the power sharing institutions on firmer ground, delivers new mechanisms to help deal with the legacy of the Troubles and sets a way forward to address the toxic legacy of paramilitarism in communities.

"The Talks have been ongoing for nine weeks and particularly important progress has been made in recent days.  I urge all of Northern Ireland's political leaders to show great courage and leadership in the days ahead to achieve a comprehensive agreement that charts the way to a better future for every community in Northern Ireland."