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Statement by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, 9th April 2018

 
‘I welcome the publication of the ‘Loyalist Declaration of Transformation’, its full support from within loyalism for the rule of law in all areas of life, and the condemnation of all forms of criminal activity. 

‘This re-affirmation of the peace process is timely, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. 

‘The Irish Government is committed to protecting the gains of the peace process in Northern Ireland and across these islands, and we particularly welcome this commitment to ensure loyalist communities are at the centre of Northern Ireland’s peace and political transformation. 

‘This is entirely in keeping with our shared commitment in the Good Friday Agreement to ‘partnership, equality and mutual respect as the basis of relationships within Northern Ireland, between North and South, and between these islands’.’