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Agreements must be implemented says Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD

17 February, 2018 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Speaking ahead of a meeting of the Sinn Féin Ard Comhairle in Dublin this morning Party President Mary Lou McDonald said, after thirteen months of talks it is now up to the two governments to implement the agreements on legacy and an Irish Language Act and to provide for marriage equality.

Teachta McDonald appealed to the DUP to reconsider its position but said if that is not a runner then the show must go on and we have to move forward.

“Sinn Féin have worked for the past 13 months to reach an agreement to re-establish the Executive.

“We reached an accommodation and draft agreement.

“The DUP failed to close the deal and collapsed the talks.

“Our appeal to the DUP is fairly straight forward.  We had a draft agreement, we have a draft agreement, I would appeal to the DUP to at this juncture to reconsider their position, come back and talk to us and get that over the line.  But I would also say to the DUP, if that is not a runner and I suspect at this moment its not, we’re not standing still, the show must go on and we have to move forward.

“After thirteen months of talks it is now up to the two governments to implement the agreements on legacy and an Irish Language Act and to provide for marriage equality.

“These rights cannot be held hostage by the failure of the DUP to sign off an agreement.

“We will be briefing the Ard Chomhairle on the draft agreement and way forward.

“We will be meeting the Taoiseach and the British Prime minister in the coming period.”

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