The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney TD, met the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley MP, in Dublin today.
Speaking after the meeting, the Tánaiste said:
“I was glad to meet today with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley MP, as both Governments continue to work together as co-guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement, to address the ongoing absence of the power-sharing Executive and Assembly in Northern Ireland.
I reiterated to Secretary of State Bradley the Government’s deep concern at the continuing impasse with the devolved institutions, which she shares.
We reaffirmed the strong determination of both Governments to get the devolved institutions up and running again and we discussed how that can now be most effectively advanced.
I am hopeful that in the period ahead it will be possible to commence a political process to get beyond the current impasse and seek an agreement between the parties on operating the devolved institutions again, consistent with the full and effective implementation of the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent Agreements.
I do not underestimate the way to go in achieving that, but I firmly believe that a resolution is possible and that the calls from across all sections of the community in Northern Ireland for the devolved institutions to operate will be heeded.
Secretary of State Bradley and I will be engaging further to seek a way forward, in accordance with the responsibilities of the UK and Irish Governments as co-guarantors of the Agreement.
I look forward to continuing to work with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to that end.”