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Statement from Tánaiste Simon Coveney, T.D. on Northern Ireland Executive

Statement from Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney, T.D., on Northern Ireland Executive 


I have noted the announcement this morning by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley, of proposed temporary amendments to the legislative framework for the calling of an Assembly election, in the continuing absence of the Northern Ireland Executive.


I am deeply concerned at the continuing impasse in Northern Ireland and I spoke with the Secretary of State last night to again convey that concern, which she shares.


Today’s announcement further underlines the seriousness of the absence of the devolved institutions in Northern Ireland, and the urgent requirement for all with responsibilities to do everything in their power to get them operating again.


The strong and consistent calls from across all sections of the community in Northern Ireland for the devolved institutions to operate must be heeded.


It is welcome that a dialogue commenced between the political parties this week. I want to see this followed up on with a political process that can secure an agreement on the operation of the devolved institutions.


I will be engaging further with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how both Governments can most effectively support that urgent work in the period immediately ahead.

Press Office
6 September