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O'Neill tells Flanagan 'new approach needed from British government'

8 March, 2017 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin MLA Michelle O’Neill said today that implementation of agreements already made is the key to progress in the discussions currently going at Stormont Castle.

The Mid Ulster MLA was speaking after meeting Minister Charlie Flanagan in Belfast today.

Michelle O’Neill said: 

“This was our first meeting with the Irish government since last week’s election, which has seen significant change in the political landscape.

“We raised a wide range of issues with Minister Flanagan, including equality, the Irish language act and legacy inquests.

“I told him that families, some of whom have waited up to 45 years, were heartened by his support for the Lord Chief Justice’s request for funds for legacy inquests.

“We made it clear that Sinn Féin is not looking a renegotiation, what we need is implementation of agreements already made. 

“The Irish government is a co-equal guarantor of those agreements and they must ensure that the British government honours its commitments.

“If progress is to be made in these discussions then a major step change in the approach of the British government is required.”

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