Kearney meets with ICTU General Secretary
Sinn Féin National Chairperson, Declan Kearney, today met with Irish Congress of Trade Unions General Secretary Patricia King and Owen Reidy, Assistant General Secretary in Dublin.
The South Antrim MLA, and Workers Rights spokesperson provided an update on the ongoing political crisis in the north, Brexit, the 26 county budget and other legislative issues in the Oireachtas.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Kearney said:
“This morning I held a very substantive meeting with Patricia King and Owen Reidy on a wide range of issues relevant to the current political situation.
“This meeting was an integral part of Sinn Féin’s continued engagement with the Labour movement throughout Ireland on all of the challenges and issues facing Irish society today, particularly working families and hard-pressed communities.
“I set out in detail the depth of the crisis in the north and pointed out the role of the DUP/Tory government’s toxic pact in denying the re-establishment of the democratic institutions and the blocking of citizen’ rights in the north.
“Our discussions also focused on the catastrophic effects which Brexit will have for the economy and workers’ rights, terms and conditions.
“We spoke about the prospect of an Irish unity referendum and I reiterated my view that the Labour movement in Ireland should take a strategic position on a unity referendum and support constitutional and political change.
“We also discussed the budget tabled by the Fine Gael government and the importance of securing legislation to prevent any further weakening of workers’ rights in the southern state.
“Today we had a frank exchange of views on all of these issues.
“Sinn Féin remains committed to building a fraternal engagement with Congress and developing areas of cooperation on progressive economic and social policies, north and south."