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Back at the table: Leaders head to Stormont to revive talks on Northern Ireland

The Irish Government will be represented by Charlie Flanagan.

Parades, like this Orange Order march, will be discussed at the talks.
Parades, like this Orange Order march, will be discussed at the talks.
Image: AP Photo/Peter Morrison

TALKS ON LEGACY issues in Northern Ireland will recommence this morning.

Marathon talks, led by former US politician Richard Haass, collapsed at the end of last year after unionist parties rejected proposals.

The Irish Government will be represented at the renewed talks, taking place in Stormont later this morning, by Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, accompanied by Junior Minister Seán Sherlock.

“The opening meetings represent an important opportunity to address a number of key issues that have badly impacted on the reconciliation agenda and on economic renewal in Northern Ireland,” Flanagan said.

It is understood the United Nations are planning to play a role in this round of Northern Ireland peace talks.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said tonight that “the people of Northern Ireland deserve a peaceful society, a prosperous economy and, above all, a bright future for their young people”.

This can only be achieved through political leaders being prepared to engage constructively.

“People from all traditions across this island support these goals and want to see progress.”

He noted that himself and Prime Minister David Cameron remain in “close contact” on issues related to Northern Ireland, and will be following the progress of the talks.

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