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Villiers needs to get real on talks – Kelly

6 November, 2015 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has said Theresa Villiers needs to get real over her government's responsibilities to and an active player in the political process. 

Mr Kelly said; 

"Instead of continually issuing the same bland call to the political parties to work together it is time for Theresa Villiers to get real and recognise that her government’s policies are the root cause of the current crisis. 

"The austerity policies of the Tory government and their assault on public services and the welfare state, and its refusal to honour commitments made in previous agreements is at the very heart of the difficulties facing the political process. 

"Despite how many times Theresa Villiers tries to present herself as an independent broker the reality is that she and her government are key players in the negotiations and cannot escape their responsibilities. 

"There is an onus on the British government to step up to the plate and ensure the Executive has workable and sustainable finances to allow it to deliver services and protect the most vulnerable."

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