Let’s honour the Good Friday Agreement by implementing it in full – Mary Lou McDonald
Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD said today that implementing the Good Friday Agreement and delivering on its principles of respect, equality and power sharing, is the only way to get the political institutions in the north up and running again.
And the Sinn Féin Leader said that the Agreement’s core principles will underpin a new and united Ireland.
Mary Lou McDonald said:
“The Good Friday Agreement is relevant today for its basis of respect, equality and power sharing.
“These are the pillars of our new, united Ireland, it commits us to:
‘rigorous impartiality on behalf of all the people in the diversity of their identities and traditions and shall be founded on the principles of full respect for, and equality of, civil, political, social and cultural rights, of freedom from discrimination for all citizens, and of parity of esteem and of just and equal treatment for the identity, ethos, and aspirations of both communities’;
“These principles must underpin governance in the north, in a newly formed Executive, and in the political, social and economic life across Ireland. These principles will underpin our new agreed and united Ireland.
“An Ireland in which you can comfortably be Irish or British, or both or neither.
“The United Ireland I want to build has to be home for my family and for Arlene Foster and her family.
“Honouring and delivering on the principles of the Agreement is the only way to get the power-sharing Executive up and running.
“Twenty years on, let’s honour the Good Friday Agreement by being true to it and by implementing it in full.”