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‘British Government must change its approach’ – O’Neill

9 January, 2018 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin Leader in the North Michelle O’Neill has told the new British Secretary of State that her government must change its approach if fresh efforts to restore the Executive are to succeed.

Commenting after speaking with Karen Bradley today, Michelle O’Neill said: “I told the new British Secretary of State that her government has been part of the problem to date.

“They have not acted with the rigorous impartiality demanded of them by the Good Friday Agreement and therefore cannot be seen as an honest broker in any negotiations process.

“This partisan approach has only been underlined by their pact with the DUP which completely eradicated any last pretence of impartiality.

“However, I am determined to try and reach agreement on the right basis which can restore equal partnership Government in the short time ahead. 

“If any new talks to restore the Executive are to succeed, there must be a new approach from Karen Bradley’s Government. They must stop enabling and defending the DUP’s denial of rights which is blocking a return to power-sharing and which would not be tolerated in her own country.

“The British Government needs to demonstrate that it is prepared to take its responsibilities under the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent agreements seriously.

“I told the Secretary of State that an immediate measure she should take to instil some confidence in the process would be to finally grant the Lord Chief Justice’s request to release the required funding to allow legacy inquests to go ahead.”

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