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British government continues to play negative role in political process – Kearney

14 May, 2015

Sinn Féin's National Chairperson Declan Kearney has said the British government is continuing to play a negative role in the political process and the current difficulties faced by the Executive. 

Mr Kearney said; 

“The British government  created the problems currently faced by the Executive with £1.5bn in cuts to the block grant and the Tory assault on the welfare state.

"A much greater challenge to the Executive comes from the £30 billion in further cuts promised by the Tories which would result in a huge hole in the budget, the Tory plans for a referendum to withdraw from Europe and to scrap the Human Rights Act.

"The British government has indicated that it is determined to continue with its austerity agenda of punishing the working class and the most vulnerable in society. 

"Sinn Féin is committed to achieving the full implementation of all the outstanding issues of the Stormont House Agreement, including welfare, to ensure the agreed protections are in place for children with disabilities, adults with severe disabilities, the long-term sick and large families. 

"We need to see the Executive parties finding a common approach to challenge the British government's austerity policies in order to protect the most vulnerable." 

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