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SDLP should end double speak on equality and rights – Kearney

23 October, 2017 - by Declan Kearney

Responding to the SDLP leader's most recent comments on the Stormont talks, Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney MLA said:

"The SDLP leader has said his party will not compromise on direct rule, but he has still not said what elements of the equality and rights agenda the SDLP now want to compromise to reestablish the Executive and Assembly.

"The SDLP seem to forget that the political process was undermined by financial scandal, institutionalised bigotry, and disrespect. If that is the case, then the SDLP should set aside the double speak and say so.

"Sinn Féin is clear. There is only a future for the political institutions if they are established on a rights-based framework, moving towards an inclusive society and away from a segregated, sectarian society.

"An Irish language act, marriage equality, coroners inquests, a bill of rights, commitment to proper power sharing and adherence to the Good Friday Agreement are essential to the sustainability of the political process.

“The crisis will not be resolved by continuous cheap criticism from the side lines and mixed messages. 

“The SDLP should say what it means. Has it abandoned the equality and rights agenda?” ENDS/CRÍOCH

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