‘Sinn Féin resolved to making institutions work’ – O’Neill
Sinn Féin Leader in the North Michelle O’Neill has reiterated her party’s resolve to make the power-sharing institutions at Stormont work.
Speaking following her call for a formal resumption of negotiations, the Mid-Ulster MLA insisted any new Executive must be on the basis of rights and equality.
“Sinn Féin remain firmly committed to making the institutions work,” she said. “We believe in the Assembly, we believe in a local government, and local ministers taking decisions. But that Assembly and that Executive has to meet on the basis of rights, of respect, and of equality.
“So that remains our resolve. What we’ve seen from the DUP to date is a failure to deal with the issues, which Martin McGuinness outlined in his resignation letter.
“Clearly we have to see previous agreements implemented in order to establish the Executive, but this can be done, it can be done very, very quickly if people have the right approach.
“Our resolve is to make the institutions work, to be back around the table, to work with all the other parties, to take on all the issues that we have across the health service and education, that’s where we want to be.” ENDS/CRÍOCH