DUP living in a 'fool's paradise' – Kearney
The DUP is living in a fool’s paradise if they believe there can be a return to the power-sharing institutions without committing to a rights-based approach to government, Sinn Féin Chairperson Declan Kearney has said.
Speaking at the annual Wolfe Tone commemoration in Bodenstown, the South Antrim MLA commented:
"The political process in the North remains overshadowed by financial scandals. That is why Sinn Féin stood the DUP leader down from her position last January.
"This is a serious situation which demands a serious focus by all parties. It is not a game, and it is certainly not a dance.
"If the DUP really wants to go into the Executive, that party needs to decide whether it is now prepared to embrace a rights based approach to government in the North.
"If the DUP imagines it can wind back the clock, with a Tory side deal or not, and reestablish the institutions without adherence to equality and rights, then the DUP is indeed living in a fool's paradise."
The Sinn Féin Chairperson also accused the last Dublin government of a 'dereliction of public leadership' and called on Leo Varadkar to now begin preparing for Irish unity.
"The failure of the last Irish government to fulfil its obligations as a co-guarantor for the Good Friday Agreement is a national scandal," he said.
"The new Taoiseach and his administration should now publicly disassociate itself from the pro-unionist, partisan position of the British government and bring forward a comprehensive plan for Irish reunification.
“That plan should include:
- A joint Oireachtas committee on preparing for Irish unity;
- A government White Paper on national reunification;
- And, specific proposals for a unity referendum on the island.” ENDS/CRIOCH