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Taoiseach should pay close attention to appeal from civic nationalism – Kearney

11 December, 2017 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin National Chairperson and South Antrim MLA Declan Kearney has welcomed the urgent public appeal to An Taoiseach and the Irish Government by over 200 nationalist figures on the political crisis in the north.

Speaking this morning Declan Kearney said:

"This intervention by over 200 figures representative of civic nationalist life across the six counties is one of the most important initiatives to be taken from within popular nationalism in decades. An Taoiseach and the Irish Government should pay close attention to its significance.

"The urgent appeal made by the signatories of this letter to An Taoiseach accurately reflects the deep discontent of nationalists in the north, and specifically regarding the role of both the DUP and British Government in opposing a rights-based Executive and society here.

"There is huge anger and frustration within wider nationalism at the continued disrespect from political unionism and the British for the Irish cultural traditions and nationalist/republican political identity in this part of Ireland.

"Wider civic nationalism has no confidence in the British Government to act with impartiality or neutrality as consistently demonstrated by its explicitly pro-unionist positions; its opposition to dealing with the past and legacy inquest rights; its failure to implement the Good Friday Agreement; and its Brexit agenda.

"It is essential that the Irish Government acts to address the concerns of northern
nationalists, which are also shared by many other progressive minded citizens in the northern state.

"The DUP and British Government are directly responsible for the political crisis in the north and lack of progress in the delivery of rights and implementing past agreements. That is the strongly held view within popular nationalist opinion.

"Both An Taoiseach and An Tánaiste and Irish Government now carry a serious responsibility to act decisively.

"Sinn Féin repeats our call for the Irish Government to take the lead in convening the Inter-Governmental Conference immediately, and to apply the required political pressure upon the British administration to secure and deliver the rights agenda in the interests of all citizens in the north."

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