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Michelle O’Neill responds to NIO position of No role for Irish government

6 September, 2017 - by Michelle O'Neill

Responding to the statement of the NIO on the role of the Irish Government in the ensuring the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement Sinn Féin leader in the North Michelle O’Neill said.

“It is clear that both governments are co-equal. They have a joint and equal role in the process, in safeguarding rights and implementing the agreements.

“The Irish government must assert that role and the British government accept that they are partners in that process.

“The St Andrew’s Agreement brought about an end to the ability of the British government to suspend the institutions and impose direct rule. It also committed in the event of no agreement to a new British Irish Partnership to implement the Good Friday Agreement.

“Sinn Féin believes that formal talks should be reconvened and that agreement is possible. The route map to establishing the executive is clear, it’s reasonable and it’s achievable. Implement previous agreements, deliver equality for all and embrace genuine partnership government.

“However, this will require that both governments honour their obligations as co-equal guarantors of the agreements and for the British government to demonstrate, ‘rigorous impartiality’ that over rides any short-term deal at Westminster.” 

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