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Austerity agenda biggest threat to political process - Kearney

2 June, 2015

Sinn Féin national chairperson Declan Kearney has said the austerity agenda of the British government is the biggest threat to the political process in the North. 

Mr Kearney said; 

"The biggest threat to the political process during the last five years has been the approach of the British government. 

"As a result of the austerity crisis created by the previous Tory/LibDem coalition and the announcement that worse is to come, the potential now exists for a political crisis to engulf the political institutions and the process itself. 

"It appears the Tory ideologues now in government and their commitment to austerity are set on a direct collision with the entire basis of the Good Friday Agreement. 

"Theresa Villiers' attempt to ridicule those who oppose austerity will not cut any ice with those living with the inequalities Tory policies are creating. 

"The Tories ideological commitment to austerity is the cause of those inequalities. 

"Instead of issuing provocative statements, Theresa Villiers should be prepared to publicly debate these issues. 

"A defining period is opening up for the political process and the economy in the north. Each must be reenergised with substantial positive investment not pushed into a negative downward spiral. 

"Progressive leadership and initiative will be required both in Ireland and internationally to ensure that the political process moves forward." 

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