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Irish government acts as passive spectator while Northern talks continue- Cllr McGrattan

17 December, 2014

Sinn Féin Dublin city councillor Séamas McGrattanhas called into question the Irish government’s commitment to its role as co-equal guarantors of the agreements in the North.

Speaking this morning Cllr McGrattan said:

“Sinn Féin is committed to the agreements made and remains committed to finding a resolution to the economic and political challenges faced.

The austerity policies of the British Tory government have taken more than £1.5bn from the Northern Executive’s budget in year-on-year cuts since 2011 in an assault on the welfare state.

The Taoiseach has failed to challenge the approach of the British government on a number of fronts. For example rather than establish a realistic peace investment fund, as proposed by all the political parties, the British Government is suggesting that the Executive establish this fund through privatisation and introduction of water charges, with no contribution from the British Government.

The Irish government must stop acting as a passive spectator on the periphery of these talks and must act to assert the rights of Irish citizens and press for full implementation of previous agreements.”

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