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Sinn Féin meet Tánaiste to discuss convening Intergovernmental Conference

19 April, 2018 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill MLA and Pearse Doherty TD met with Tánaiste Simon Coveney in Dublin this afternoon to discuss the need for the Irish and British Governments to establish the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference in the absence of an Executive.

Speaking this afternoon, Ms O’Neill said;

“The decision by the DUP to walk away from a draft deal and collapse the talks process cannot be used as a justifiable excuse to impede the rights of citizens and the implementation of existing agreements.

“Marriage equality, language rights, and access to inquests are rights available to everybody else on this island and in Britain. They are not republican issues. They are reasonable rights which should be available in a decent and fair society, for everyone who chooses to exercise those rights.

“We shared the view of the Sinn Féin leadership that it is the responsibility of the two governments to implement the agreements on legacy and an Irish Language Act and to provide for marriage equality.

“We remain fully committed to the re-establishment of the power sharing institutions, however the obstacles to restoration must be removed, and the two governments must fulfil their political obligations within the Good Friday Agreement framework.

“This means taking action and through joint stewardship establish the Intergovernmental conference without further delay.”

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