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Statement on Northern Ireland by Minister Flanagan



Speaking in Belfast today at the Northern Ireland talks at Stormont House, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, said:

"I greatly regret the decision of the DUP to resign the majority of their Ministerial seats and that of Peter Robinson to step aside as First Minister.

"What we want is for the devolved power-sharing Executive and Assembly to work as envisaged in the Good Friday Agreement and deliver peace, prosperity and reconciliation for the people of Northern Ireland.

"Minister Sherlock and I, with the strong support of the Taoiseach and Tánaiste, have been working with the Secretary of State and with the Northern Ireland parties to resolve the critical issues which threaten the future of the power-sharing institutions.

"The Irish Government is absolutely committed to the full and effective operation of the Institutions of the Good Friday Agreement.

"Following today's serious developments, the power-sharing institutions are on the edge of the precipice. I urge Northern Ireland's political leaders to take a step back and consider the gains achieved over recent years, the benefits to the people of Northern Ireland and what is now at stake.

"I encourage all parties to reflect carefully. The Secretary of State and I will be here in Stormont House on Monday morning and I invite the parties to join us for discussions on how we find a way through the current serious impasse. We will of course remain available to the parties over the weekend."

Press Office
10 September 2015