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Is there a future for the ‘Haass’ process? Eamon Gilmore’s in Belfast to find out

It’s hoped progress can be made ahead of the peak of the marching season next month.

Orangewomen march in Belfast in 2006.
Orangewomen march in Belfast in 2006.
Image: PA Archive/Press Association Images

TÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE will be in Belfast today to explore the possibility on progressing talks on parades, flags and the past.

The Foreign Affairs Minister is to meet with the leaders of all five main political parties, as well as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers.

Renewed efforts on re-starting the stalled process began in the wake of last month’s local and European elections. It’s hoped progress can be made ahead of the peak of the marching season next month.

Former US diplomat Dr Richard Haass has said he will not be involved in the fresh efforts.

A process he chaired stalled at the start of the year, after his proposals were rejected by the DUP, the Ulster Unionists and the Alliance party.

Gilmore will also meet with business leaders today, in addition to his meetings with politicians — and he’ll be launching a new ‘Reconciliation Fund’ strategy aimed at improving relations across communities.

Read: Haass will not be involved in Northern Irish talks

Read: Tánaiste admits ‘on-the-runs’ controversy has ‘derailed’ progress in the North 

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