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Are governments prepared to deny rights to citizens in the north? – O’Neill

22 August, 2017 - by Michelle O'Neill


Sinn Féin Leader in the North Michelle O’Neill said today that key to progress in the north was the two governments having a plan for talks and making clear that agreements must be implemented and that citizens’ rights and equality are respected.

And the Mid Ulster MLA said that if the governments do not agree with this approach “they need to make clear what agreements they are prepared to set aside and what rights they are prepared to deny to citizens in the north”.

Michelle O’Neill said:

“The political crisis in the north was brought to a head by the DUP’s association with the Renewable Heating Incentive financial scandal, the failure to honour existing agreements and the failure to respect the rights of citizens.

“These issues could and should be quickly resolved.

“We want to see the implementation of previous. The denial of rights to citizens, language rights, the right to equal marriage and the right to a coroner’s inquest which citizens enjoy everywhere else on these islands must end.

“It is our objective to have an Executive up, working and delivering for all. 

“Sinn Féin is ready for talks. That is why I wrote calling for a resumption of talks to re-establish the Executive.

“Key to this is the two governments having a plan for talks and making clear that agreements must be implemented and that citizens’ rights and equality are respected.

“If the governments do not agree with this approach they need to make clear what agreements they are prepared to set aside and what rights they are prepared to deny to citizens in the north.” 

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