Mícheál Martin way out of touch with electorate of the north – O’Neill
Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill said today that Mícheál Martin’s comments show how far out of touch he is with the electorate and in particular with the nationalist people of the north.
And the Sinn Féin Vice President called on him to spell out clearly where his party stands on the ongoing DUP denial of rights to citizens in the north.
Michelle O’Neill said:
“Mícheál Martin’s comments today clearly demonstrate how far out of touch the Fianna Fáil leader is with the electorate and in particular with the nationalist people of the north.
“Martin McGuinness brought the political institutions in the north down against a backdrop of allegations of corruption associated with the DUP, the abuse of power and disrespect towards whole sections of our community.
“In the elections which followed Sinn Féin received a huge mandate from the electorate for our platform of equality, rights and respect, for first-class public services and for integrity at the heart of government.
“The electorate endorsed that mandate in increasing numbers in the election of June 2017 when northern nationalism effectively turned its back on Westminster.
“Sinn Féin has been focussed and working to achieve the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement and attempting to restore power sharing in the north based on its principles of equality and rights.
“I called on Mícheál Martin in December last year to fully commit to the protection and implementation of the Good Friday Agreement by urging the British government to honour its agreements rather than sniping from the sidelines.
“He has belatedly come to that position and that’s a good thing.
“Mícheál Martin must now clearly spell out where his party stands on the issue of the DUP’s denial of rights for citizens in the north, marriage rights, language rights, women’s rights and the right of victims to a coroner’s inquest, rights enjoyed by citizens everywhere else in these islands including in Mícheál Martin’s home constituency of Cork.
“Sinn Féin will continue to work to end the denial of these rights so that we can have political institutions in the north with equality and rights at their core and which enjoy the confidence of the public.
“To do that also requires government with integrity at its heart.
“That means an end to the DUP’s financial scandals, Red Sky, Nama, RHI and the Sri Lanka holidays of the disgraced North Antrim MP Ian Paisley.
“The last thing the people of the north need is a party with a record of putting self interest before the public or national interest.”