Doherty hits out at Fiona O’Malley comments
Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has criticised Senator Fiona O’Malley, formerly of the Progressive Democrats, for remarks in the Seanad in which she dismissed the Good Friday Agreement institutions. Senator Doherty said that Fiona O’Malley had rarely if ever had anything constructive to offer towards political progress in the North and that her latest comments displayed the political bankruptcy that had led to the welcome demise of her former political party.
Pearse Doherty said:
“At this sensitive time, while some of us are working hard to find a way to resolve the impasse over the transfer of policing and justice powers from Britain to the North and so move the entire political process forward, stone throwing from hurlers on the ditch such as Fiona O’Malley are neither helpful nor constructive.
“As a result of the peace process, which in its early days was fiercely criticized by Fiona O’Malley’s PD colleagues, huge progress has been made in this country. The North has been transformed in recent years. Maybe Fiona O’Malley should venture there sometime to see the changes for herself.
“The Good Friday Agreement and the power-sharing and all-Ireland institutions which it established have been central to the progress made. The full implementation of the Good Friday and St Andrews Agreements, including the transfer of policing and justice powers are crucial to building a future based on partnership government and equality. That is in the interests of all sides of the community in the North and indeed throughout Ireland.
“The remarks of Fiona O’Malley in which she made clear her view that the Good Friday Agreement institutions are ‘dysfunctional’ and ‘will never work’ echo those of rejectionist unionists and other elements who are attempting to undermine political progress and drag us back to the past.
“Fiona O’Malley has rarely if ever had anything constructive to offer towards political progress in the North and her latest comments display the political bankruptcy that led to the welcome demise of her former political party.”