'Sinn Féin determined to seek agreement’ – O’Neill
Sinn Féin is determined to secure a resolution to the political impasse and stands ready to engage in meaningful talks, the party’s northern leader has said.
Michelle O’Neill was commenting after Dublin’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney held his first meeting with new British Secretary of State Karen Bradley, after which both governments said they wanted the institutions reestablished as soon as possible.
“Sinn Féin is absolutely ready to engage in meaningful talks to resolve the issues and re-establish the power sharing institutions,” Michelle O’Neill said.
“I want to lead my party into a new Executive based on genuine partnership government and I want to do that sooner rather than later.
“As a society, we face many challenges, not least from Brexit and Tory-imposed austerity and locally elected and accountable ministers are the best way to confront those challenges.
“So I want the institutions in place. The public want the institutions in place. But the only way they can be sustainable and credible is if they represent genuine and equal partnership government for all our people.
“The principles and right-based approach of the Good Friday Agreement were endorsed overwhelmingly by the people of this island, north and south, almost 20 years ago. It is long past time that they were implemented.”