Bertie Ahern hopes problems with the Northern Ireland Protocol will be resolved in the early weeks of next year.

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has expressed his belief that issues related to the Northern Ireland Protocol can be resolved before the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.

Ahern said he was confident the deal’s anniversary could be celebrated in April with an agreement on outstanding protocol issues.

Talks between the EU and the UK to resolve the impasse surrounding the controversial Brexit trade deals continue.

“I believe the technical problems of the protocol can be resolved,” Mr Ahern told BBC One Sunday Politics Northern Ireland Program.

“I understand that unionists and loyalists have constitutional concerns. We must take their views into account and try to find solutions to allay the worries and fears.”

Mr Ahern said “great progress” had been made on protocol issues.

“Hopefully that can be done in the first few weeks of next year,” he added. “Concerns about constitutional issues…we need to work through with loyalists and unionists.

“So I’m confident that we can really celebrate April.”

Devolved government in Stormont has been in flux since February, when the DUP withdrew its first minister from the ministerial executive in protest at the Northern Ireland protocol from Brexit.

The DUP insists it will not allow a return to power-sharing until radical changes are made to protocol.

It has blocked the formation of a new government following the Assembly elections in May and prevented the Assembly from conducting legislative business.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/bertie-ahern-hopeful-northern-ireland-protocol-issues-will-be-resolved-in-early-weeks-of-next-year-42228877.html Bertie Ahern hopes problems with the Northern Ireland Protocol will be resolved in the early weeks of next year.

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