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Press release: Secretary of State welcomes Independent Reporting Commission report on tackling paramilitary activity

first_img This is a significant report which benchmarks the progress which has been achieved to date but reminds us of the continued and challenging work still to be done to ensure that communities are free from the threat of paramilitarism. The IRC has acknowledged the good work carried out to date, but they too have pointed to the challenges of dealing with this issue in the absence of a functioning Executive. That is why I remain resolute in finding a way forward to get devolved government up and running again as quickly as possible in order to that the Commission will see further progress in the coming year. I want to record my sincere thanks to the Independent Reporting Commission for their first substantive report on tackling paramilitary activity. It is deeply regrettable that in 2018, tackling paramilitary activity still remains a critical issue for Northern Ireland, not least at this current political impasse. Paramilitarism is a scourge on our society. It was never justified in the past, it cannot be justified today and these groups should have no place in our society. We must all continue to work together to keep communities safe and free from these totally unacceptable attacks.center_img Welcoming the report, Mrs Bradley said:last_img read more

Chelsea wrap up Schurrle deal

first_img Press Association It was announced on June 13 that Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen had reached an agreement for his transfer and the 22-year-old’s move to Stamford Bridge was confirmed after paperwork was completed. He said on chelseafc.com: “I am so happy now I have signed and it is an honour for me to play for this club, with this team and for these great fans. I am really looking forward to it.” Chelsea have completed the signing of forward Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen on a five-year contract, with the Germany international becoming the first recruit of Jose Mourinho’s second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge.center_img Schurrle, who can play as a creative wide player or central striker, will wear the number 14 shirt. He has scored seven goals in 24 appearances for Germany, since making his debut in November 2010 while at Mainz, whom he joined from Ludwigshafener in 2009. He signed for Leverkusen at the end of the 2010/11 season. In his first campaign he scored nine times in 40 appearances and last term he netted 14 in 43 to earn his move to Stamford Bridge. last_img read more