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Sinn Féin will protect the most vulnerable – O’Dowd

17 December, 2014 - by John O'Dowd


Sinn Féin MLA John O'Dowd has said there has to be a change of attitude from the British government if the all-party talks are to reach a comprehensive agreement.

Mr O'Dowd said;

“The success of these talks depends on David Cameron’s Tory government bringing forward realistic proposals for a significant financial package.

“His representative, Theresa Villiers, also needs to stop negotiating on behalf of the DUP on the issues of flags, parading and the past.

“The British government is not a neutral broker.

“It is a key player and its year-on-year cuts to the Executive’s budget has had a destabilising and negative impact on the political institutions and on frontline public services.

“We need to reach a comprehensive agreement on all the issues which have impacted on the Assembly.

“In terms of welfare, Sinn Féin has made its choice. We make no apologies for standing up for the poor, the unemployed and the most vulnerable in our society.

"We have to ask ourselves what sort of society we want. We in Sinn Féin want a new society and protecting the most vulnerable is a key part of that.

"We are clear on where we stand. It is now over to the British government to play its part in finding solutions.”

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