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Irish Government cannot be passive observers on the North – Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile

26 January, 2017 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile

Speaking during Statements on the North in the Seanad this afternoon, Senator Ó Donnghaile called on the Irish Government to stand firm on the integral principles of equality and respect which underpin the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent agreements in their ongoing engagements.

Speaking today Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said;

“The political crisis in the North is as a direct result of the DUP’s central involvement in the RHI Scheme and the ever increasing allegations of corruption surrounding it. It is also as a result of their protracted political corruption of the core principles of the Good Friday Agreement; equality and respect for all.

Today I stressed to Minister Charlie Flanagan that he and the Government must stand firm in defence of the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent agreements. It was progressive parties and the vast majority of the people of Ireland expect them to do.

I reiterated Sinn Féin’s position that there will be no return to the status quo and any future arrangements must ensure equality, respect and integrity permeate throughout their structures.

The Irish Government must also adopt this position in their engagements with the British Government and take up their role as active players as co-guarantors of the Agreements.”  CRÍOCH

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