‘Denial of rights preventing power-sharing return’ – O’Dowd
Upper Bann MLA John O’Dowd has said Sinn Féin remain fully committed to restoring the power sharing institutions on the basis of equality, respect and integrity.
John O’Dowd said:
“Sinn Féin’s position remains the same. We are fully committed to the power sharing institutions agreed in the Good Friday Agreement and on the principles of equality, respect and integrity this is the only sustainable way government in the North can function.
“Threats to public services are a direct result of Tory austerity policies, policies now backed by the DUP as part of their reckless pact with the Tory government.
“The DUP should focus their attentions on ending their denial of rights which citizens enjoy everywhere else on these islands, so we can get local ministers who are best placed to run local public services and prioritise our own political agenda back in place.
“Unless there is a step change on the part of the DUP and both governments on the issues of rights, it is very unlikely we are going to see any agreement in the next period of time which sees the institutions back in place.
“The issue of rights is not going to go away. The DUP know this. These rights must be satisfactorily dealt with.” ENDS/CRÍOCH