Time for Political Unionism to make its mind up - Kearney
South Antrim MLA and Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney has stated that political unionism must decide if the political institutions are to be reestablished with equality and rights at the heart of government.
Writing tonight for Eamonn Mallie.com, Mr Kearney said:
"Two weeks ago the DUP leader said that the Irish language threatens no none but yesterday she suggested an Irish Language Act is an attempt to humiliate unionism and the British way of life.
"That comment is as offensive as it is blinkered, but it also gives the game away that the DUP leader’s offer of a parallel process is meaningless as she has made it clear the DUP have no intention of resolving the issues which led to the collapse of the Assembly.
"This begs a fundamental question - if the DUP cannot embrace proper power sharing and a rights based approach to government - how is it going to tackle these other massive economic and social challenges; bearing in mind the DUP is now politically compromised in its support for Tory austerity policies.
“What has now been brought directly into focus is whether political unionism can accept, and co-exist in partnership, with the Irish cultural tradition, and Irish nationalist and republican identity?
“The only way this can be achieved is through the implementation of the equality based framework of the Good Friday Agreement to guarantee the rights of all citizens and sections of society, regardless of creed, culture, colour, class, political allegiance, or sexual orientation.
"The days of anyone using the political institutions here to show disrespect, contempt and sneer, or to deny rights are over.
"This much is certain, the new momentum for full delivery on rights for all citizens will not be going away.
"So, it's now make your mind up time for political unionism."