Positive leadership required from all sections of society - Kearney
Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney has said the launch of the Civil Society Network in Belfast is a clear indication that people want to see politics and the regional economy working.
Speaking after attending the launch, Mr Kearney said;
"The future of the political institutions and the political process itself are in serious jeopardy. Positive interventions are now urgently required to help in establishing political and economic stability.
"The talks process needs positive reinforcement from wider civic society across Ireland, as well as the significant influence of the European Parliament, Irish America and the US administration. There is a clear role for civic society to play.
"Stakeholders from civic society were central to securing the Good Friday Agreement. However, in recent years that role has been marginalised within the peace and political processes. That needs to change.
"Civic society has a democratic right and political responsibility to speak out and assert its vision for the future at this time.
"The present status quo is not sustainable. The message from the Civil Society Network is that people want to become re-engaged in helping to design and drive forward a new road map for the new future.
"The reality is that for progress to be made positive leadership is required from all sections of society.
"The political process needs to be re-energised with new ideas and greater democratic participation.
"The Civic Forum should be reestablished and a Bill of Rights implemented to assist in taking all of that forward."