Bookmark and Share
09/03/2017

NI Parties Willing To Engage In Constructive Discussions - Flanagan

Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan has said he was encouraged by the willingness of all parties to engage in constructive discussions to form a new power-sharing Executive.

He made the announcement in Belfast after talks continued at Stormont on Wednesday, 08 March.

Mr Flanagan said: "In these discussions, I was encouraged by the willingness of all sides to engage on the key issues. At the same time, I am very conscious of the complexity of the issues that must be resolved and of the limited timeframe available.

"All sides, including the two governments and the parties, will have to extend themselves if we are to achieve the collective objectives of re-establishing the power-sharing institutions of the Good Friday Agreement."

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood also said the negotiations must deliver a return to power sharing.
News Image
Mr Eastwood said: "Government based on degrading and denigrating others, whether they're from other parties or other communities, must now be at an end. I want to be clear with unionists that the SDLP is not out to destroy your culture, we are not out to marginalise or mistreat you or your community. It is now time to secure a positive accommodation between nationalism and unionism that allows us to meet the challenges that we all face. 

"And key among those challenges is the threat of Brexit to Northern Ireland. In a few days, Theresa May will trigger Article 50 beginning the biggest constitutional upheaval on these islands since partition. We need a government to deal with that. We need a government to defend the will of our people. We need a government to prepare for the most complicated set of negotiations ever entered in to on this continent."

(CD)


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

26 August 2010
NI To Get 'Economic Tools' Needed
There has been a welcome for the publication of a report on how Northern Ireland can maximise economic gain from the Coalition Government's policies. The PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report entitled 'Making the Most of Devolution' was published this week and has been well received by the Ulster Unionist Party.
11 July 2001
STILL NO BREAKTHROUGH IN WESTON PARK TALKS
HOPES that a breakthrough in talks could be brokered were dampened on Wednesday with Northern Ireland’s political leaders offering grim summaries of the proceedings at Weston Park in Staffordshire.
31 October 2017
Brokenshire Grants Additional 24hrs For Political Parties To Reach A Deal
The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has given political parties an additional 24 hours before making a decision on what his next move will be, if an agreement to form an Executive has not be reached. Parties had until Monday, 30 October, to reach a deal, and the DUP asked James Brokenshire to legislate for a budget.
30 October 2017
Political Parties To Reach Agreement By End Of Today
Political parties in Northern Ireland have until the end of today, 30 October, to reach a deal to restore a power-sharing government. If the parties fail to reach an agreement, Secretary of State James Brokenshire will introduce a budget via Westminster.
21 April 2017
'Tangible Progress' Being Made In Stormont Talks - Flanagan
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, has said that "tangible progress" has been made towards the establishment of a new power-sharing executive in Northern Ireland.
13 February 2006
Finucane widow holds talks with Paisley
The widow of murdered solicitor Patrick Finucane has today had a meeting with Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley.
18 January 2018
Fresh Talks To Restore Power-Sharing In NI to Begin
Fresh talks to restore power-sharing in Northern Ireland are to begin next week, the Secretary of state has confirmed. Karen Bradley was speaking alongside Irish foreign affairs Minister Simon Coveney outside Stormont today, 18 January.
16 January 2018
Carillion Collapse Should Be 'Epitaph' For Public Outsourcing & Privatisation
The events surrounding the demise of construction giant Carillion should be "thoroughly investigated", as the international construction company faces inevitable liquidation, Sinn Féin's Chris Hazzard has said.
12 January 2018
Irish Foreign Minister To Meet Secretary Of State Next Week
Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney is to meet with the new Secretary of State next week to discuss power-sharing in Northern Ireland, Simon Coveney, who flew into London from the Middle East, met with Karen Bradley on Friday, 12 January, and said talks had been "very good".
10 January 2018
Secretary Of State Committed To Restoring Devolution In NI
The new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has said she is committed to restoring devolution in NI, during her first official visit. Mrs Karen Bradley also said she was "delighted to be in Belfast".
13 April 2015
SDLP Supports Assembly Commission Proposals
The SDLP has endorsed a 3% cut to party financing by the Assembly commission. Mr Pat Ramsey said that it's important that parties share the pain of cuts.
31 January 2005
Prime Minister and Taoiseach meet to discuss way ahead
Prime Minister Tony Blair and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern will meet in London on Tuesday to discuss the way ahead in the Northern Ireland peace process. The meeting follows separate discussions by both premiers with Sinn Fein and other political parties last week.
09 March 2017
Brokenshire: NI Could Face Second Assembly Election
Secretary of State James Brokenshire has said Northern Ireland could face another election if political parties fail to reach an agreement within three weeks. Mr Brokenshire warned there would be "significant consequences" if there is no agreement to form a power-sharing Executive.
03 June 2015
Call For NI Parties To Resolve Stormont Crisis
Political parties in Northern Ireland are being urged to find a resolution over the Stormont Agreement. Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, underlined the Irish Government's commitment to the implementation of the Stormont House Agreement.
10 October 2014
EC 'Willing' To Set Up Gallaher's Job Loss Fund
The European Commission is "ready and willing" to help set up a fund to assist those workers who will lose their jobs when Ballymena cigarette firm Gallaher's closes, according to deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.