Nationalists looking to leadership across Ireland – O’Neill
Sinn Féin Leader in the North Michelle O’Neill said that nationalist opinion is looking increasingly to leadership across Ireland rather than to Britain.
Michelle O’Neill said:
“This was another watershed election.
“For the first time since the foundation of the state the unionist vote was less than 50% in a Westminster election.
“This was also a vote against Brexit.
“It was significant election with the Sinn Féin vote increasing in all constituencies and electing seven abstentionist MPs.
“Nationalist opinion is looking to leadership at home and across Ireland not Britain.
“The current issue of a hung British parliament is transitory. It is no surprise that the DUP have sided with the Tories.
“Experience shows that unionists have minimal influence on any British government be that on Major, Thatcher or Theresa May.
“They have achieved little propping up Tory governments in the past and put their own interests before those of the people.
“Sinn Féin is entering the talks to re-establish an Executive that delivers for all and for the full implementation of the agreements.
“We need the parties acting together to secure special designated status within the EU for the North.”