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Theresa Villiers hopes 2015 is year of renewed confidence for Northern Ireland

By Amanda Ferguson

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has said she hopes 2015 is a year "when politics works".

A statement from Theresa Villiers praised Stormont politicians for showing "leadership and determination" to strike a deal on a number of issues - the Stormont House Agreement - earlier this month following a long negotiation process.

"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," she said.

"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."

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