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No sham process to cover the continued denial of rights - Murphy

14 February, 2019 - by Conor Murphy

Speaking in advance of a meeting tomorrow between the five parties and the two governments, Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy said:

“There is no indication that the DUP or the British government are serious about resolving the outstanding issues and removing the obstacles to power-sharing.

“This is not a serious or credible attempt to restore the political institutions of the Good Friday Agreement.

“This is about the British government positioning themselves on Brexit and a pretence to extend their legislation (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions Bill) next month.

“Sinn Féin will not be part of a sham process to give credibility to the continued denial of rights. 

“We have no interest in talks for the sake of talking. It must be about delivery.

"Sinn Féin will attend tomorrow’s meeting, we will be seeking credible and urgent proposals to resolve the issues at the heart of this impasse.

“If the DUP is not prepared to deal with the outstanding issues then the two governments must set out how they will implement the agreements and secure the rights of citizens including women, the LGBTi Community, Irish Language speakers and victims of conflict.

“Both governments should bring forward proposals to deal with these outstanding issues.”

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