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Kearney welcomes NIC-ICTU support for political institutions

7 November, 2015

Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney has welcomed the statement from NIC-ICTU highlighting the trade union movement's commitment to the political institutions.

Mr Kearney said; 

"The ongoing negotiations have now entered a critical phase. 

"A successful outcome will depend upon the willingness of the two governments, and particularly the British, to commit to the financial investment, fiscal measures and economic policies necessary to secure political and economic stability in the north.

"Significant efforts have been made to develop a viable way forward among the local parties.

"Civic society across all sectors, spearheaded by the Civil Society Network, has mobilised in very important ways to support these efforts. 

“The trade union movement leadership especially, has worked intensely at national and international levels to encourage expressions of support for the Peace Process, and in opposition to the austerity policies of the current British government. 

“The British government should now guarantee a workable budget for the north. Tory austerity policies have become the biggest threat to the future of the political processes: These are incompatible with the equality framework of the Good Friday Agreement. 

"The British government needs to immediately lift its opposition to disclosure about the role of the state in the conflict. Resolution on these issues are vital to secure the future political stability of the North's Executive.

"In the coming days political and civic efforts must be maximised to ensure both the British and Irish governments respond positively to the special circumstances of the North.

"The efforts of nic-ICTU and ICTU should be supported by similar initiatives from within wider civic society."

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