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Gilmore to visit Northern Ireland to mark 15 years of ‘Good Friday’

The Tánaiste will meet Britain’s Northern Secretary and the First and Deputy First Ministers to discuss continued peace.

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TÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE travels to Northern Ireland today to meet the North’s political leaders and administrators, marking 15 years since the signature of the Good Friday Agreement.

Gilmore will meet with the UK’s Northern Secretary, Theresa Villiers, as well as the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness.

The Tánaiste and Villiers will begin the day with a breakfast discussion with a panel of young people and leaders, discussing how the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 has contributed to stability in the region and how it can be further helped.

The two then travel to Stormont Castle, the seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly, to meet Robinson and McGuinness to discuss the current issues facing the North – including how it has been affected by the economic turmoil throughout Ireland and Britain.

They will also discuss other matters of common concern, and the fallout from the recent protests in Belfast about the flying of the Union flag.

The quadrilateral summit will be followed by a meeting of the North-South Ministerial Institutional Council to discuss the functioning of that body and the running of various North-South bodies.

The Good Friday Agreement, which secured a power-sharing executive between the North’s unionist and nationalist communities, was signed on April 10, 1998.

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