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‘Onus on governments to ensure successful talks process’ – Mary Lou McDonald

31 July, 2018 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

This evening, the Taoiseach said the governments were putting together a plan for a talks process in the North in the Autumn. 

Speaking tonight Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald said:

“There is an onus on the governments not only to convene talks but to play a full role in ensuring those talks deliver for all. 

“Last week the two governments met under the auspices of the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference and that was to be welcomed. The two governments now need to flesh out their announcement of a talks process. 

“They need to make clear their plan for a successful outcome and the steps they will take to ensure full implementation of outstanding agreements and the safeguarding of rights for citizens in the north.  

“Sinn Féin remains committed to re-establishing power-sharing institutions that deliver for all and operate to the highest standards.  We are a party of dialogue and want to see a successful outcome to talks. We have worked hard to reach agreement since Martin McGuinness resigned.

“The institutions could have been re-established six months ago. In February, we reached an agreement with the DUP. They subsequently walked away from that agreement and collapsed the talks process. 

“The continued Tory/DUP pact has been wholly negative and undermined the search for agreement and a way back to the institutions.  

“It is not acceptable that the people of the North have had their rights denied and their agreements left unimplemented.  

“We will be seeking further meetings with the two governments over coming days to look at any proposed new talks.” 

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