Kearney updates MEPs on challenges facing political process
Sinn Féin national chairperson Declan Kearney has updated members of the European Parliament on the challenges currently facing the political process in the North.
Speaking upon his return from Brussels after a series of meetings in the European Parliament, Mr Kearney said;
"I travelled to Brussels this week to brief MEPs on the latest challenges facing the political process in the North.
"I met with a number of senior MEPs within the GUE/NGL group, as well as a variety of MEPs from other delegations who sit on the Peace Process Interest Group.
"This was an important opportunity to brief them on the scale of the austerity crisis which the British government is imposing upon the northern Executive. We also discussed SInn Féin's serious concerns about the Tories' plans to scrap the Human Rights Act and withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights. These are issues which provoked serious concerns among MEPs.
"I explained in detail the recent revelations of collusion between the British government, its agents and unionist death squads and encouraged MEPs to sign the declaration, tabled by my party colleague Martina Anderson, calling on the British government to live up to its responsibilities to properly address the legacy of the conflict.
"The European Union continues to have a significant role to play in the peace and political processes in the North.
"The MEPs I met have pledged to redouble their efforts to keep the need for political progress on the agenda of the Parliament and to use the space created this week to secure political stability and a fair recovery."