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Tory deal with the DUP making a resolution harder to reach – Kearney

22 July, 2017 - by Declan Kearney


Sinn Féin national chairperson Declan Kearney MLA said today that the Tory government’s deal with the DUP is making it more difficult to reach a resolution to the current political difficulties in the north.

Declan Kearney was speaking after the British Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove pulled out of a prearranged meeting with Sinn Féin in Antrim today.

The South Antrim MLA said:  

“The British Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove pulled out of a meeting with Sinn Féin in Antrim today without prior notice at the very last minute.

“This is the latest example of the Tories’ disrespect for voters in the north and is in default of the British government’s responsibility as a co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement to be rigorously impartial in the political process.   

“The Tory deal with the DUP is making it more difficult to reach a resolution to the current political difficulties in the north.

“The DUP has been emboldened by Tory support for its opposition to the implementation of previous agreements and a rights based society.

 “An Acht Gaeilge, a bill of rights, marriage equality and the rights of families to coroners’ inquests are basic rights which are protected in England, Scotland, Wales and the rest of Ireland.

“The denial of these rights would not be tolerated elsewhere on these islands but the Tory Government is facilitating the denial of these rights, because it is in hock to the DUP.

“The political institutions can be re-established on the basis of partnership, respect and equality but that requires the implementation of previous agreements and an end to the dilution of basic rights at the behest of the DUP. 

“It will also require the British government to show respect towards the political process and the republican and nationalist electorate."

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