26 January 2006

Ahern and Blair hold talks on North


26 January 2006 17:40

The Taoiseach has described today's talks with the British Prime Minister on the future of Northern Ireland as 'positive and focused'.

Bertie Ahern met Tony Blair in Farmleigh House in Dublin this afternoon.

Mr Ahern said progress on restoring Northern Ireland's political institutions must be made as soon as possible. He said serious issues remained to be addressed and it was not the time for sitting back.

Mr Blair said 2006 would be a very decisive year for Northern Ireland.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dermot Ahern, and the Northern Secretary, Peter Hain, are to hold further talks on 6 February.

Unionist politicians remain sceptical about republican intentions. The DUP said last week it could not envisage devolved government with Sinn Féin in the foreseeable future.

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