Northern Ireland

Stormont House Agreement: Theresa Villiers to meet party leaders

Theresa Villiers
Image caption Ms Villiers said she was encouraged by the progress made so far in putting the Stormont House Agreement into practice

Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers will chair a meeting of Stormont party leaders later on implementing the Stormont House deal.

The five main parties reached broad agreement on 23 December on a number of key issues.

It followed 12 weeks of discussion between the British and Irish governments.

Ms Villiers said she was encouraged by the progress made so far in putting the Stormont House Agreement into practice.

"I think it's going well," she said.

"The agreement was a big step forward for Northern Ireland but everyone accepts that the important thing is implementing it.

"The executive is pressing ahead with its side of the deal.

"It's particularly welcome that they've agreed a final budget, I know that they're working very hard on getting the assembly legislation on welfare back up and running.

"We in the UK government are pressing ahead with our corporation tax devolution bill and we're both, on both sides, working together on matters like getting new structures set up on the past."

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