Nothing new in DUP offer – O’Neill
Sinn Féin leader in the north Michelle O’Neill said today that Arlene Foster’s comments last night were not a new offer and she restated Sinn Féin’s commitment to re-establishing the Assembly and the Executive now.
Michelle O’Neill said:
“Arlene Foster’s comments last night and the offer of a parallel process are not a new offer.
“The issue of a parallel process has been discussed and rejected throughout the course of all the negotiations we have had to date.
“So in essence it was making an offer, which the DUP knew would be rejected.
“The DUP need to embrace genuine power sharing.
“They have never embraced the principles at the heart of the Good Friday Agreement of equality and mutual respect.
“They have acted negatively towards Irish national identity and culture.
“They have failed to live up to their responsibility to deliver rights for all citizens; language rights, marriage rights, economic rights and cultural rights.
“And the British government has continually pandered to that approach.
“Therein lies the problem at the heart of the political crisis.
“Rights remain the fundamental issue.
“The majority of people will not tolerate one section of the community dominating over another.
“We need a society based on rights for all.
“Establishing an executive that may collapse after a matter of months will only fail all of the people.
"The DUP and the British government know what needs to be done in order to establish an Executive.
“Sinn Féin is fully committed to re-establishing the political institutions now but an Executive needs to be sustainable and based on equality and respect with integrity at its core.”