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DUP have much to do if Executive is to be restored – O’Neill

8 May, 2017 - by Michelle O'Neill

Speaking on the 10th anniversary of Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley entering a power sharing Executive Sinn Féin leader in the north Michelle O’Neill said:

“Today marks the tenth anniversary of the late Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley entering the power-sharing Executive together on 8th May 2007.

“Both leaders embarked on a hugely challenging journey, taking on a special responsibility as joint office holders to represent their respective communities but importantly working to bridge the divide between them.

“They harnessed the goodwill and won the trust and support of the broad community for building a new future on the basis of equality and respect and to making power-sharing government work.

“Over the past decade Martin McGuinness also worked alongside Peter Robinson and Arlene Foster and always sought to exercise his responsibilities in good faith and to seek resolutions rather than recrimination.

“He worked tirelessly and assertively to defend our peace process, to advance the reconciliation of our community and to build a better future for our youth.

“He stretched and challenged republicanism and nationalism in his determination to reach out with an open hand in friendship to our unionist neighbours – to unite Orange and Green.

“But, financial scandal and DUP arrogance brought the institutions down.

“The DUP now needs to live up to its responsibility to share power in the Executive on the basis of equality and the terms established in the Good Friday Agreement.

“The DUP know what is required to restore the institutions: DUP action on the outstanding issues of equality and an end to the denial of rights.”

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