Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (153)

Brendan Smith

Question:

153. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the actions he has taken to progress the completion of the Haass talks; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15252/14]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

I met with the Secretary of State most recently on 31 March 2014 to discuss the current political talks and how to take forward the compromise proposals on contentious issues facing Northern Ireland. We welcomed last week's resumption of the talks between Party Leaders and we reaffirmed that we wish to see the Northern Ireland Parties reach agreement without further delay.

In the meantime our officials have been working together to ensure the two governments provide the closest possible support to the talks process. I have made clear to all participants and stakeholders that there is now a unique opportunity to make further progress. I will continue my engagement with the Northern Ireland Political Parties and the British Government to that end.