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Good Friday Agreement not a bargaining chip in Tory/DUP deal – Mary Lou McDonald

2 October, 2018 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald said today the Irish government must make it clear that the Good Friday Agreement is not a chip to be bargained with as part of the Tory/DUP deal and that it will be protected.

And the Sinn Féin President said comments by DUP Leader Arlene Foster on the Agreement were ‘reckless’.  

Mary Lou McDonald said:

“Today’s comments by DUP leader Arlene Foster on the Good Friday Agreement are unacceptable and reveal a reckless disregard for the peace process, prosperity and progress. 

“The Irish Government must make clear that the Good Friday Agreement will be protected and remains the basis for stability and progress. 

“I shall be raising the matter directly with the Taoiseach today.

“It should  be remembered that Arlene Foster left the UUP, which supported the Good Friday Agreement, to join the anti-agreement DUP. It appears the DUP leader has learnt nothing over the past 15 years.

“The Good Friday Agreement was endorsed by the vast majority of people north and south. It is the people’s agreement and not a chip to be bargained with as part of any Tory/DUP Brexit deal.

“Brexit is incompatible with the Good Friday Agreement. The actions of the DUP and their deal with the Tories is bad for our economy and undermines the rights of citizens.

“The DUP should commit to the full implementation of the Good Friday, and other agreements, rather than seeking to undermine them.

“This would unlock the pathway to re-establishing the political institutions and safeguarding the interests of all the people in the North.“

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