Statement by Brendan Howlin on Northern Ireland Talks

18 January 2018

Leader of the Labour Party and spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Howlin TD has said:

“It is a matter of deep regret that 12 months on, Northern Ireland is still without a functioning Executive, and without a voice in the critical talks underway on Brexit.

“However, the move by the Irish and British Governments to hold a fresh round of talks next week is welcome.

“All of the people on the island of Ireland have an interest in ensuring that a power sharing Executive is restored in Stormont.

“With Brexit talks now moving to Phase 2 it is essential that Northern Ireland has political leadership to represent the concerns of the people of Northern Ireland who voted to remain.

“It is incumbent on the two largest parties, the DUP and Sinn Féin to work on forging a new agreement that will overcome the issues that have held up progress for a year now.”

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