Minister Dermot Ahern Welcomes setting-up of Group to look at the Past in Northern Ireland
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Dermot Ahern T.D., welcomed the announcement today of a new group to examine the issue of dealing with the past in Northern Ireland.
The Minister said, “We have recently witnessed a hugely positive new beginning for Northern Ireland. With that perhaps comes a moment for fresh thinking about how to deal with the painful legacy of the past. This consultative group, chaired jointly by Denis Bradley and Archbishop Eames, offers people an opportunity to contribute to this key debate.”
"I therefore very much welcome the intention of the group to consult widely in considering how the legacy of the events of the past decades can best be approached, and what steps might be taken in this area.”
“There is overwhelming agreement on the need to build on the progress we have made and to look to a better and shared future for the people of this island. However, we cannot turn away from those who have lost and suffered so much over the course of this conflict. That is why the continuing work of the Inquiries and other relevant bodies in addressing some of the most contentious events of the Troubles is so important.”
“But the issue of the past is a wider one, and one that takes in all of society. It is both appropriate and timely that such a group should consider this issue in the round, taking into account all the factors and viewpoints.”
“I wish the group well in its important work.”Top