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Govts set talks with NI Executive
03 Sep 2015 18:06
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has announced that the British and Irish governments are to invite parties in the Northern Ireland Executive to a new round of political talks, due to begin next week.
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Mr Kenny said he envisages talks that will be “short, focused and intensive and will deal with the full implementation of the Stormont House Agreement as well as trust and confidence issues arising from the legacy of paramilitarism”.
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It is understood that the Mr Kenny spoke by phone to British prime minister David Cameron yesterday.
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The Stormont House agreement was struck in December 2014 between the Northern Ireland executive parties and the two governments.
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The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers, will chair the discussions and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, will be involved on matters linked to the Government's role as co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement.
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Mr Kenny said: “If the sustainability of the devolved institutions is to be ensured, it is absolutely critical that these talks are advanced with a sense of urgency and that all of the parties constructively seize this opportunity.”
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Meanwhile, PSNI detectives investigating the murder of IRA man Kevin McGuigan in Belfast have arrested a 46-year-old man.
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