‘Sinn Féin determined to reach agreement’ - O’Neill
Sinn Féin is determined to reach agreement to restore power-sharing institutions which deliver rights and equality for all citizens.
Sinn Féin’s Northern Leader was speaking after DUP Leader Arlene Foster told her party conference that failure to reach a deal will lead to Direct Rule.
Michelle O’Neill added: “We remain committed to making the institutions work. They must operate on the basis agreed 20 years ago.
“A majority of citizens in the North expect and are entitled to the same Rights enjoyed by citizens across these islands; language and marriage equality rights, due process in all aspects of the legal and judicial system, including inquests.
“The two Governments and local parties are responsible for the implementation of previous agreements.
“Locally elected Ministers are best placed to run local public services and fight back against the austerity imposed by the British Government.”
Michelle O’Neill also criticised the DUP’s support of Brexit and Theresa May’s government.
“Tory austerity measures have had disastrous consequences for communities across the North of Ireland,” she said.
“This will be further exacerbated by the threat which Brexit will bring.
“The DUP support for these policies is against the interests and wishes of the majority of people in the North."