'May needs to deliver on existing deals' - O'Neill
Sinn Féin Leader in the north Michelle O’Neill has said the British and Irish Governments must recommit to the word and spirit of the Good Friday Agreement if there is to be any prospect of re-establishing an Executive in the North.
Speaking ahead of talks with British prime minister Theresa May tomorrow in London and incoming Taoiseach Leo Varadkaron Friday in Dublin, Michelle O’Neill insisted that any DUP-Tory arrangement should not be allowed to undermine the peace process.
Michelle O’Neill said:
"I will be in London and Dublin over the coming days for talks with both Theresa May and the new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
“I will be making it very clear that any deal between the Tories and the DUP cannotbe allowed to undermine the Good Friday and subsequent agreements.
"It's imperative that both governments recommit to the word, spirit and implementation of the Good Friday Agreement if there is to be any prospect of re-establishing the Executive.
“The power-sharing institutions collapsed because of the DUP’s RHI financial scandal and the refusal of previous Tory governments and the DUP to implement previous agreements.
“Progress will not come from a deal between the DUP and Tories to prop up a government in Westminster with an austerity and Brexit agenda but through the full implementation of the agreements and an Executive that respects the rights and delivers for all in society.”