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British Government placing deal with DUP above establishing the Executive – Mary Lou McDonald

16 April, 2018 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD said today it is absolutely clear that the British government is placing their deal with the DUP at Westminster above the need to re-establish the Executive and delivering rights for citizens.  

Mary Lou McDonald TD said:

“Last week we marked the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. 

“This is an Agreement voted on by the people and is binding on both governments. The Agreement included safeguarding rights and equality, rights which were further developed in subsequent agreements between the governments.

“The British and Irish governments have said over recent days that they want to see a process up and running to restore the institutions.

“However, it is absolutely clear that the British government has placed their deal with the DUP above the need to get government back up and running in the north and delivering rights for citizens.

“It’s clear the British government is playing for time, and it’s clear that Karen Bradley has failed to introduce any new momentum into the process.

“The governments need to act to end the DUP’s denial of rights enjoyed by citizens everywhere else on these islands, including Irish language rights, the right of LGBT citizens to marry the person they love, and the right to a coroner’s inquest.

“The way forward is for the governments to convene the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference to deal with the outstanding equality issues by implementing previous agreements to resolve the outstanding issues.

“This would clear the way for a credible talks process to re-establish the institutions.”

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