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Irish government must step up pressure to end disgraceful denial of rights in north - O'Neill

2 November, 2018 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O’Neill said the Irish government has to step up pressure on the British government to deal with the disgraceful denial of rights in the north to end the political crisis. 

The Sinn Féin Vice-President was speaking after the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference met in Dublin today. 

Michelle O’Neill said:

“The British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference met today. 

“This has the ability to remove the obstacles at the heart of the political crisis in the north and deliver rights to citizens in the north but once again the two governments have failed to do so.

“Instead the only thing delivered by British Secretary of State Karen Bradley is more excuses and platitudes for her government’s refusal to work to restore the political institutions on the basis of equality.

“The reasons why we don’t have a functioning Executive and Assembly are the DUP’s RHI scandal, the toxic Tory/DUP pact, their reckless Brexit agenda and disgraceful denial of rights. 

“The British government has a blatant disrespect and disregard for the people of the north and this is illustrated through the fly by night visits by Karen Bradley and Dominic Raab. 

“The Irish government said citizens in the north will never again be left behind. 

“They must demonstrate this by holding the British government to account through the full implementation of previous agreements and ending the denial of rights, language rights, marriage rights, women’s rights and the right to a coroner’s inquest." 

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