Press release

Secretary of State's New Year message for Northern Ireland

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Theresa Villiers' hopes 2015 brings new opportunities and renewed confidence for Northern Ireland.

Speaking on New Year’s Eve and looking ahead to 2015, Theresa Villiers said:

I hope this is a year of renewed confidence for Northern Ireland: a year when politics works, the economy continues to grow and society gets stronger and more united, a place where through hard work and commitment, everyone has the opportunity to realise their potential.

While there are significant challenges ahead, NI’s politicians showed real leadership and determination in negotiating the SH Agreement. As a result, new opportunities await us in 2015 which I hope are grasped.

As we look ahead to 2015, I want to wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.