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DUP continues to set its face against rights and integrity in government – O’Neill

16 February, 2019 - by Michelle O'Neill

Responding to comments made by the DUP’s Arlene Foster and Nigel Dodds Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill said:

“Sinn Féin wants to see the removal of the major obstacles to restoring the political institutions, an end to the denial of rights and the full implementation of the Good Friday and subsequent agreements.

“The people deserve good government which has integrity and an end to the DUP’s financial scandals. It is shameful that the DUP leadership continues to set its face against achieving this. 

“Sinn Féin has made clear the issues which need to be resolved are not going away.

“It is the responsibility of government to protect the rights of citizens not to facilitate the denial of rights.

“We want an Assembly which operates differently from what has gone before, to usher in a new kind of politics, which is progressive, respectful, and has integrity.

“Given there is no evidence of any change to the DUP positions on these matters the two governments must set out how they deliver the rights of Irish speakers, the rights of women and the LGBT community and implement the legacy structures.”

And the Sinn Féin Vice President rejected comments by Nigel Dodds that a no deal Brexit is better than a bad deal.

“The Brexit crisis is deepening. The countdown to a no-deal crash-out is fast approaching.

“The Withdrawal deal currently on the table is by no means ideal, but it is the least bad option for Ireland.

“Nigel Dodds’ comments today demonstrates once again that the DUP has nothing to offer other than more of the chaos and dysfunction they have brought to politics in Ireland and in Westminster.

“Sinn Féin along with the SDLP, Alliance and Greens want the North to remain within the customs union and single market.

“We want to preserve the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts, protect human rights and together make clear that the back stop is the bottom line to protect our future economic stability and avoid a hard border on this island.” 

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