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Irish government must protect citizens rights - O'Neill

11 October, 2018 - by Michelle O'Neill


Speaking after meeting An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Dublin today, Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill has said the Irish government must protect the interests of citizens in the north.

Michelle O’Neill said:

“The British government have no plan to restore the political institutions in the north and have refused point blank to deal with the outstanding issues of rights and equality.  

“These issues are at the heart of the political impasse of the last 21 months, but they have adopted a ‘do-nothing’ approach.  

“On top of this, they are actively pursing a reckless Brexit strategy that will damage the interests of people across Ireland while failing to face down the DUP.

“Theresa May has allowed her toxic pact with the DUP to hold to ransom the rights, entitlements and livelihoods of Irish citizens in a desperate plea to cling to power.

“Today I told An Taoiseach that as co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement he must work to end the denial of rights and restore an Executive based on integrity and equal treatment. 

“I reiterated to him that the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference needs to meet again and create a road map to ensure the delivery of rights. 

“Leo Varadkar must keep to his word that citizens in the north will no longer be left behind by ensuring that Ireland does not become collateral damage In the Tory party’s Brexit civil war. 

“As the Brexit negotiations reach a critical stage, the Irish government must stand up for citizens in the north to protect rights, economy and our hard won peace.”

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