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DUP Leader displaying ‘breath-taking arrogance’ – O’Dowd

27 April, 2018 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has accused DUP Leader Arlene Foster of displaying ‘breath-taking arrogance’ in her latest attack on Sinn Féin.

The Sinn Féin negotiator was responding to comments made by Arlene Foster yesterday.

He said: “It really is breath-taking arrogance Arlene Foster to accuse anyone of bad faith when it was her party who collapsed the talks and reneged on the draft agreement they had negotiated with Sinn Féin.

“I don’t think there are many people who believe the DUP version of events regarding the collapse of the talks so what we are seeing now is clear distraction politics from Arlene Foster.

“This is compounded by the DUP’s toxic pact with the Tory Party. In part, this is poisoning the process and preventing a return to the power-sharing institutions.

“The British Government are prioritising that self-serving arrangement over the rights of citizens and the interests of the hard-won peace and political processes.

“That is entirely unacceptable. The British government has a responsibility under the Good Friday Agreement to deal with the rights issues at the heart of the political impasse.

“They need to do that now. They need to convene the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference and pave the way for a return to the power sharing institutions.”

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