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Need to intensify talks if progress is to be made – Murphy

5 November, 2014 - by Conor Murphy


Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy said today there is clearly a need to intensify talks if any progress is to be made on dealing with the outstanding issues of the Good Friday and other agreements.

Conor Murphy was speaking after all the parties had met with the Irish and British governments for the first time during the current round of preliminary talks.

Conor Murphy said:

“Today was the first time that all the parties have been around the table with the two governments.

“The meeting today has been billed as a stock taking exercise, however there wasn’t a lot of stock to take.

“To date there hasn’t been a credible talks process. If the DUP is serious they should be sharing papers with all the other parties. 

“So far we have only received one paper from the DUP.

“We need to deal with the issues of identity and the legacy of the past as well as outstanding commitments from the Good Friday and other agreements.

“Clearly there is the ongoing threat to the Executive’s budget posed by the year-on-year cuts by the Tories to the Block grant. 

“There is a need to break the gridlock in the institutions and there is an onus on the British government to honour the outstanding commitments from the Good Friday and other agreements.

“There is clearly a need to intensify the talks if we are to make any progress and Sinn Féin will be doing a round of meetings with the other parties in an effort to move forward into a credible process.”

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