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Kearney meets with the Trade Union movement on Citizens Rights and Brexit

18 October, 2018 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin MLAs  Declan Kearney and Mártin Ó Muilleoir today met with the General Secretary of the Scottish TUC Grahame Smith, his Welsh counterpart Martin Mansfield, and the Assistant Secretary of the ICTU, Owen Reidy. 

During this discussion the Sinn Féin representatives outlined the party’s position on Citizens Rights and Brexit.

Following the meeting Declan Kearney stated:

“During our meeting with the Trade Union representatives we provided them with a very detailed assessment of the current political situation here.

“We outlined the ongoing denial of rights and denial of democracy as a result of the DUP/Tory alliance.

“We also had a very lengthy discussion about the catastrophic impact that Brexit will have on the regional economy, the island economy and the direct threat which it poses to the Good Friday Agreement.

"We were assured of the support from both the Welsh TUC and the Scottish TUC for the delivery of rights here in the North, rights which are taken for granted in other parts of these islands, and in relation to the defence and implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.

“For our part, Sinn Féin will continue to directly engage with the labour movement and next week I will be meeting with the General Secretary of ICTU in Dublin.

“Our party will continue to engage with the wider Labour Movement to ensure that awareness is increased and heightened in relation to the political crisis here in the North, the dangers that arise from Brexit and to build the type of political alliances which are necessary to create the circumstances which allow for the re-establishment of the political institutions here in the North on the basis of rights, integrity and accountability.”

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