'Step change needed for an agreement' - Murphy
Responding to the assertion by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the British Prime Minister Theresa May that a deal in the political talks was close Conor Murphy said:
“Unless there’s a step change on the part of the DUP and both governments on the issues of rights, it is very unlikely we are going to see any agreement in the next period of time to see the institutions back in place.
“The current phase of talks failed because of the DUP’s refusal to accept a future based on rights and equality. This anti-rights position has been facilitated by a British Government, which is dependent on the DUP for its own survival.
“However, these issues of rights and equality aren’t going away and they need to be dealt with satisfactorily if credible, sustainable institutions are to be put in place.”