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DUP appears to have given up on power sharing for Tory rule – O'Neill

5 June, 2017 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin leader in the north, Michelle O'Neill MLA has said it appears the DUP have given up on power sharing with nationalists and republicans in favour of Tory rule. 

Michelle O’Neill was writing for the Eamonn Mallie website, read the full article at

Michelle O'Neill said: 

"The re-establishment of the Executive is a matter of agreeing the implementation of previous agreements. It could and should happen without delay. 

"It now appears that DUP support for the Executive has a whole new series of conditions.

"Their Westminster manifesto sets out five tests for the negotiations and ten commitments. All, from a party that says, it has no red lines for agreement. 

"These tests and commitments make reaching agreement more difficult and read like a manifesto for a return to British direct rule. 

"It appears that the DUP has given up on power sharing with nationalists and republicans in favour of Tory rule.

"They are either living in denial about the step change that is required or have made the judgement that they would rather have Tory direct rule ministers than equal partnership Government based on the principles of the Good Friday Agreement."

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