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‘Irish Government must assert itself’ - O’Neill

25 September, 2017 - by Michelle O'Neill

The Irish Government must assert itself to defend the interests of all Irish citizens, Sinn Féin Leader in the North Michelle O’Neill has said.

Michelle O’Neill was commenting after talks between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street today.

She said: “It is vitally important that the Dublin government asserts itself both in the context of Brexit and the ongoing talks in Stormont to restore the institutions on the basis of equality, respect and integrity.

“Both governments are co-guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement but any semblance of impartiality from London has been completely undermined by their deal with the DUP.

“Therefore Dublin needs to take a more proactive role in defending the rights of citizens in the North and to ensuring the Good Friday and subsequent agreements are fully implemented.

“Similarly, the DUP’s support for the right-wing Tory Brexit means there is a greater onus on Dublin to use its influence at the negotiating table with the other European states.

“There needs to be a unique solution to the unique challenges facing Ireland and that solution is clearly designated special status to remain in the EU. We cannot withstand exclusion from the Single Market and Customs Union or deny citizens access to the European Courts.”

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