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Green Party draws up independent talks chair shortlist

Friday 31 March 2017

The Green Party has drawn up a shortlist of possible chairs for the current talks process, in a bid to break the political deadlock at Stormont.

The party has written to other local political leaders detailing the proposal and shortlist, as set out below.

       Tom Arnold;

       Joschka Fischer;

       Barbara Stevenson;

       Harold Good & Jim Roddy.

Party leader Steven Agnew MLA said:

“It became clear last weekend that the structure of the talks was not conducive to progress. When it comes to legacy the UK Government, and therefore the Secretary of State, is party to the discussions so cannot be an independent arbiter.

“I would urge James Brokenshire to give the parties every possible chance to break the deadlock and come to an agreement. A properly managed process is central to making that happen.

“We have heard the vast majority of the parties talk up their commitment to devolution, along with the British and Irish governments. It’s time to match that rhetoric with a blueprint for progress and a sense of urgency”. 

The North Down MLA concluded:

“The deadline to produce a budget has passed, jobs and services are at risk and public frustration is mounting. Time cannot be wasted, people deserve to see movement – and quickly”. 



1.    Tom Arnold

As well as acting as a co-ordinator on behalf of the UN, Tom has had a distinguished career as Chief Executive of Concern Worldwide and previously within the Irish Civil Service.  Recently he chaired the Irish Convention on the Constitution.

2.    Joschka Fischer

Joschka is a former Foreign Minister of Germany.  A Green politician and popular across the political spectrum.

3.    Barbara Stevenson

Barbara is the Dean of the Leadership and Management School of the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia.  She is a former American diplomat including performing the role of American Consul General in Northern Ireland from 2001 – 2004.

4.    Harold Good & Jim Roddy

Harold played a vital role in the Northern Ireland peace process including overseeing decommissioning. From 1973 to 1979 he was director of the Corrymeela Community Centre for Reconciliation and in 2001 he was appointed president of the Methodist Church in Ireland

Jim Roddy has been Derry City Centre Manager and has also served as a successful parades negotiator.


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