'Agreement is possible but direct rule is not an option' - Kearney
Agreement to establish credible, sustainable institutions is possible in the Stormont talks, but there is no future in talk of direct rule, Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney MLA has said.
Writing in his latest blog for An Phoblacht, the South Antrim MLA also warned that any British attempt to impose Direct Rule would be a fundamental breach of the Good Friday Agreement.
He writes: "An Executive which adheres to proper power-sharing, is committed to equality and anti-sectarianism and accepts that objective need should be the key determinant of public policy and expenditure is the only basis upon which to future-proof the political institutions.
"Failure to re-establish the political institutions on the right basis means the future of politics here will be subject to permanent political instability. And that is in no one’s interests.
"However, make no mistake – the alternative is not direct rule as advocated by several DUP and UUP politicians.
That scenario would undo all the political progress made to date."
Declan Kearney added: "The British administration has subordinated its co-equal role as guarantor for the Good Friday Agreement alongside the Irish Government to the whim of the side deal struck with the DUP.
"The Irish Government needs to disassociate itself from that policy position. Failure to do so makes it complicit in a form of retrograde political bipartisanship being dictated by the Tory/DUP deal.
"Any attempt to reintroduce direct rule would deepen the nature of the political crisis with international implications."