Bradley ‘disingenuous’ on restoring political institutions – O’Neill
Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill MLA said the British government has no strategy for restoring the political institutions in the north and has accused the British Secretary of State Karen Bradley of being ‘disingenuous’.
The Mid Ulster MLA also said the north is fast becoming a political and social backwater as a result of the British government’s support for the DUP’s anti-rights agenda.
Michelle O’Neill said:
“Comments by the British Secretary of State Karen Bradley that her priority is to re-establish the political institutions in the north are glib and disingenuous and there’s no evidence to support her assertion.
“It has been clear since February that the British government has no strategy for restoring the political institutions in the north and that their priority is their pact with the DUP at Westminster.
“They have adopted a ‘do-nothing’ approach since the DUP walked away from a deal in February. Their inaction gives cover and tacit support support for the DUP’s shameful denial of rights, women’s rights, LGBT rights, language rights and the right of victims affected by the legacy of the past.
“The north is fast becoming a political and social backwater as a result of the British government’s support for the DUP’s denial of rights available to citizens everywhere else on these islands.
“This is the price that Theresa May and Karen Bradley are prepared to pay for their own political survival.
“Sinn Féin wants to see the immediate restoration of the political institutions.
“In the absence of a local assembly and executive the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference should meet as a matter of urgency as provided for under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement to remove the obstacles to power sharing and ensure the equivalence of rights and equality issues in the north, that exist in Britain and the South, including the critical issue of women’s right to appropriate, modern and compassionate health care.”