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Intergovernmental conference an opportunity to end the denial of rights at the heart of the political impasse in the North – McDonald

12 July, 2018 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has said the focus of the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference must be to assert the primacy of the Good Friday Agreement and to end the denial of rights at the heart of the political impasse in the North.

Speaking in the Dáil today, Teachta McDonald said;

“The British Irish Intergovernmental Conference brings together the two governments to deal with non-devolved matters of mutual concern including rights.

“In the absence of devolved institutions, this conference is the opportunity for the two governments to deal with all of the matters outstanding and within the framework of the Good Friday Agreement.

“The Intergovernmental conference is to meet on the 25th July. It must be more than the talking shop. It is an opportunity for the two governments to assert the primacy of the agreements.

“To make clear that the rights available in South and across Britain will be delivered in the North, that the Irish Language Act Agreed in St. Andrews will be delivered, and that progress will be made on all Ireland working and co-operation.

“The conference is the opportunity to vindicate the rights of Gaelgori, of our LGBT community and the rights of victims of the conflict.

“Rights that are not a matter of negotiation but of implementation.

“This would provide a pathway back to the institutions. However, there are those in Unionism and within the British Government who may use the conference to play for time and continue to stall these rights.

“It will be for the Irish government to set the pace and to ensure as the Taoiseach said that the people of the north are never again left behind.” 

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