Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade and Border Region Development, Brendan Smith TD, has urged all the participants in the cross-party negotiations commencing in Belfast today to attach the utmost importance and urgency to this important work.
Deputy Smith commented, “All of the people on this island need to have the outstanding issues in relation to Northern Ireland resolved in a fair and comprehensive manner. We need to move on from the stalemate of recent years and as I have outlined for a considerable length of time both Governments, as co-guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement, need to take a central and leading role in these talks and along with the Political Parties bring them to a successful and early conclusion.
“Parades, flags and contending with the past are important and, indeed, contentious issues that need to be resolved.
“Urgency and energy must be shown throughout these talks to demonstrate clearly to the people of Northern Ireland and, indeed, across the entire island that politics not only works, but that it is about delivering for people.
“Dealing with these issues will allow the Executive, the Assembly and the two Governments to deal more effectively with the day-to-day issues that affect the people of this island”.
“I wish the two Governments and the Parties every success in this important work, which will build on the huge progress that has been made over the past twenty years in framing a more inclusive political landscape. The full implementation of the Good Friday and St Andrew’s Agreements will bring further benefits for all communities”.