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Stormont talks to resume tomorrow
21 Dec 2014 21:09
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said he believes a deal can be made at the political talks, involving Northern Ireland's five main parties that are due to resume in Belfast tomorrow.
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Speaking to RTÉ News, Mr Adams said some progress has been made in the negotiations and while he does not want to be overly-optimistic, there is no point in being involved in talks except to bring them to a successful conclusion.
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He said he has some sense that the talks have a focus and said that if those involved come up to the plate, the negotiations can be brought forward in the next short period.
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The talks, chaired by Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, are due to resume at Stormont House tomorrow morning.
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On Friday the five parties (the DUP, the Ulster Unionists, Sinn Fein, the SDLP and Alliance) achieved what Charlie Flanagan described as a significant breakthrough, when, for the first time, they agreed a common position on handling the public finances, including welfare reform.
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Following this morning's breakthrough all parties in Northern talks are fully engaged & committed to working hard to bridge the gap.</p>— Charlie Flanagan (@CharlieFlanagan) December 19, 2014 <p>However they have yet to reach a compromise on unresolved issues following negotiations last year, chaired by US diplomat, Richard Haass.
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The matters still to be agreed include flags, parades and how to address the legacy of the past.
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The five parties have asked British Prime Minister David Cameron, to provide a £2billion package of loans and grants over ten years, to help the restructuring of Northern Ireland's economy and the peace process.
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Mr Cameron is expected to give his response in the next 48 hours.
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He is unlikely to commit any funding from the British government, unless the parties reach agreement of all the problems on the negotiations agenda.
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