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Election needed to put respect, equality and integrity at heart of political institutions - Ó Muilleoir

15 January, 2017 - by Máirtín Ó Muilleoir

Sinn Fein MLA Mairtin O Muilleoir has said the people need to able to have their say to put respect, equality and integrity at the heart of the political institutions. 

Speaking at a Sinn Fein selection convention in west Belfast, Mr O Muilleoir said; 

"The actions of the DUP and their handling of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme have seriously undermined public confidence in the political institutions. 

"But disastrous as the RHI scandal has been the current political crisis goes way beyond that. 

"The British government has failed to live up to its responsibilities under the Good Friday and subsequent agreements. It has refused to honour commitments on a Bill of Rights, an Irish Language Act, and on dealing with the legacy of the past. And the Irish government have acted as a bystander and allowed this to happen. 

"This has given cover to the DUP to act in an arrogant manner towards the political institutions and agreements and to the electorate. 

"So a new Assembly election is more than a referendum on RHI, or the other scandals involving the DUP, including NAMA and Red Sky. 

"Their contempt for the Irish language and Irish identity, for equality for the LGBT community, ethnic minorities and women is unacceptable. 

"That is why there can be no return to the status quo at Stormont. 

"Sinn Féin wants to see political institutions, which are underpinned by equality, respect and the principles of power sharing. 

"We need to see an election where the people have their say, draw a line under the DUP arrogance for the electorate and get political institutions and good governance  based on equality which deliver for all citizens.

"Let's seize this opportunity in the interests of those from right across the community, who want to see integrity, respect and equality as the bedrock of our society.”

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