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Process not intervention required of Kenny and Cameron – Kearney

14 December, 2014

Sinn Féin chairperson Declan Kearney said tonight the political institutions in the North are facing huge economic and political challenges.

The party’s South Antrim candidate in next year’s Westminster elections said: 

“The political institutions are facing huge economic and political challenges. The economic challenges arise from the British Tories’ austerity policies, the reduction of the Executive’s block grant and the lack of the financial powers needed to remodel the local economy. 

“The political challenges arise from the British government’s refusal to honor agreements and political unionism’s resistance to power sharing and partnership.

“Sinn Féin will not accept policies which attack the most vulnerable, fail citizens’ rights and undermine agreements.  No party in the north's Executive has any mandate to do so.

“If David Cameron and Enda Kenny want to properly address these economic and political challenges then they need to be involved in the process rather than an intervention. 

“Both governments needed to bring momentum and serious intent, and, assert the primacy of power sharing, keeping deals, mutual respect and equality. They should have come as champions of a comprehensive agreement. Instead they came up short in every respect.

“David Cameron tabled, on a take it or leave it basis, a derisory financial proposal, demanded welfare cuts, tried to dilute the Haass proposals; while kicking everything else up the road.  An Taoiseach Enda Kenny unfortunately acquiesced with that approach; and then they both left.  It was an example of how not to negotiate.

“However, the economic and political challenges remain.  If the Executive is to deliver it must have the financial wherewithal to do it. Sinn Féin is committed to negotiating a comprehensive agreement; including a significant financial package, as well as all outstanding commitments from the Good Friday and other agreements, such as an inquiry into Pat Finucane's killing and Acht na Gaeilge. 

“We will continue working towards that outcome, despite the British and Irish governments' stance. Sinn Féin will not be deflected from protecting the most vulnerable, promoting economic growth and job creation, achieving political stability and real power sharing.”

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