The British Irish Parliamentary Assembly (BIPA) brings together elected representatives from the Oireachtas, Assembly, Westminster, and the Scottish and Welsh Parliaments.
BIPA yesterday released a report highlighting the continued failure to implement key elements of the Good Friday and St. Andrews Agreements and called on the governments to monitor and make public the implementation reports on these international agreements that were endorsed by the people of Ireland.
Speaking after the meeting Sinn Féin TD Sean Crowe said:
“BIPA is made up of a cross section of British and Irish parliamentarians. The report issued by the group recognises that the agreements, which are over 15 years old have yet to be fully implemented and the potential of these agreements to deliver long lasting change has not been fully realised.
“Many of the recent manufactured crises and reaction of unionism was dealt with on Good Friday and endorsed by the vast majority of people north and south. This includes the issue of parity of esteem for identities and cultures.
“It is time that the two governments lived up to their responsibilities and promoted and achieved the full implementation of what the people agreed.
“The Good Friday and subsequent agreements laid out a way to deal with political difference and constitutional change. The agreements placed equality and power sharing at the centre of the political institutions and the political process.
“Sinn Féin believes that an agreement made must be an agreement implemented if the political process is not to be undermined. Sinn Féin has lived up to all of our responsibilities and commitments and continue to work for the full implementation of the agreements.
“There is a clear responsibility on the two governments and all parties to deal with the outstanding issues such as the Bill of Rights, Irish Language Act, Civic Forum and all Ireland consultative forum.
“No party or section of the community has a veto on the democratic will of the people. The governments need to make it clear as to how they intend to see the full implementation of the agreements”