Stormont is a charade of continuously renegotiating what already been agreed – Peadar Tóibín TD
Sinn Féin TD for Meath West, Peadar Tóibín has said that the talks in Stormont are a charade of continuously renegotiating what had already been agreed.
“Issues such as the Irish Language Act were already agreed 11 years ago at the St Andrews Agreement and yet shockingly they were still being negotiated at Stormont this week. Sinn Féin cannot accept, from the British and Irish Governments and the DUP, the never ending cycle of negotiating, agreeing and then refusing to implement them. The process is pointless unless what’s been agreed is implemented.
“Sinn Féin are drawing a line under this political groundhog day. We have made it clear that there can be no return to the status quo. This is something which Martin McGuinness clearly outlined as he resigned from his position when the extent of the RHI scandal unfolded, coupled with a refusal to step down by Arlene Foster.
“The results of the election were a ringing endorsement of Martin McGuinness decision. The political landscape has been transformed.
"The approach of the unionist parties and the governments must reflect this change. We entered talks to implement that which had already been agreed, rebuild public confidence and trust in the institutions and to fully implement outstanding issues of equality and rights.
“However the DUP’s approach thus far has been to hardly engage on all of the key issues, including legacy issues; an Irish Language Act; a Bill of Rights; and marriage equality.
“Sinn Féin is still intent on honouring our mandate and agreements made. The terms for the re-establishment of the institutions are clear. We want a pluralist rights based society as set out in numerous agreements, not a return to the status quo.”