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Irish Government must work to end discrimination in the north – O’Neill

12 September, 2018 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill MLA has said the Irish government must challenge the British government’s reckless abandonment of its responsibilities and work to end discrimination in the north.

Speaking after meeting An Tanáiste Simon Coveney in Dublin today Michelle O’Neill said:

“The political institutions in the north collapsed after a series of DUP financial scandals and the DUP’s denial of rights to whole sections of our community. These actions undermined public confidence in the political process. 

“The people of the north want good government, they want a democratically accountable Executive which delivers for all on the basis of the equality and which has integrity at its core.

“The two governments have a responsibility under the Agreements to deliver rights for all.

“But for the last 19 months we have had no functioning Assembly or Executive in the north.

“This is a result of the toxic pact between Theresa May’s Tory government and the DUP.

“The Tories have prioritised their government’s survival over the rights of citizens, rights enjoyed everywhere else in these islands.

“I am concerned that the Tory government has moved from a ‘do nothing’ approach to restoring the politics institutions in the north to actively preventing a return to power-sharing. They are refusing to deal with the issues of rights and equality,

“Today I told Simon Coveney that the Dublin Government must assert its role as a co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement in order to help restore the political institutions and address directly the core problem of the denial of rights.

“The Irish Government would not tolerate discrimination against citizens in the 26 Counties. The British government would not tolerate the denial of these rights in Britain.

“I made it clear that discrimination should not be tolerated in Belfast either.

“What we need to see is the Irish government working to deliver on the words of the Taoiseach a few months ago when he said that citizens in the north would never be left behind again.”

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