Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Brian Cowen T.D.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Brian Cowen T.D., spoke today after the
resignation of Peter Mandelson M.P. as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
"I was sorry to hear of Peter Mandelson's resignation today. It comes at a time when the two Governments and the pro-Agreement parties are engaged in the most intensive efforts to achieve the full implementation of outstanding aspects of the Agreement - a project to which
Mr. Mandelson was firmly and resolutely committed. As he leaves office, although we continue to have difficult issues to resolve, we are confronting them in context of the real progress that has been made in the past year."
"Peter will rightly be remembered for the important role he has played in enabling us to come so far - including in achieving the establishment of the institutions in December 1999.
I pay tribute to his significant personal contribution to the peace process, and offer him my best wishes for the future."Top