O’Neill welcome for meeting of British Irish Intergovernmental conference
Sinn Féin deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill MLA has welcomed today’s meeting of the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference in London.
She said, “Today’s conference of both the Irish and British Governments is an important step to help remove the obstacles to genuine power-sharing and for London and Dublin to fulfil their own obligations in respect to the Good Friday Agreement, the Stormont House Agreement and other outstanding matters relating to citizens' rights, legacy matters and All-Ireland co-operation.
“In the absence of the Assembly and Executive at this time, the choice is between the protection of the Good Friday Agreement which is under constant attack, by the hard Brexiteers within the DUP and Tory party, or its abandonment.
“We have made clear that for Irish nationalism any return to British direct rule would represent its abandonment and is therefore unacceptable.
“Together both governments have a clear duty under the Good Friday Agreement to make determined efforts to support the re-establishment of the institutions.
“Joint stewardship through the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference amounts to an honest and responsible effort to protect and advance the full potential of the Good FridayAgreement framework.
“The conference allows both governments to co-operate at all levels on all matters and despite the fact they allowed it to lapse, having not met since 2007, we welcome today’s meeting and the fact the Governments themselves are getting back on board with this process.”