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Negotiations need to be brought to an urgent conclusion – O’Dowd

30 June, 2017 - by John O'Dowd


Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd said today that negotiations at Stormont need to be brought to an urgent conclusion.

And he called on the British prime minister Theresa May and the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to take direct responsibility in the talks.

John O’Dowd said:

“After weeks of negotiations there is no agreement by the DUP on the issues, of Acht na Gaeilge, the Bill of Rights, marriage equality, anti-sectarian measures, integrity and legacy, which collapsed the Assembly in January.

“This negotiation needs to be brought to an urgent conclusion.

“The DUP opposition to equality and a rights based society has been emboldened by their new alliance with the Tories.

“As co guarantor of the agreements it is time for the British prime minister Theresa May and the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to take direct responsibility.

“Sinn Féin is not prepared to accept anything less than full equality and the rights and entitlements that all citizens in this state should rightly expect.

“Citizens in the north should enjoy the rights on language and marriage equality, which are enjoyed by everyone in these islands.

“Sinn Féin will be supporting tomorrow’s march and rally in support of marriage equality in Belfast and see this morning’s vote in Germany as another step forward towards marriage equality.”

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