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John Davey continues to inspire us in the new political era – O’Neill

17 February, 2019 - by Michelle O'Neill


Speaking at the 30th anniversary commemoration of Sinn Féin Councillor John Davey in Lavey, Co Derry today, Sinn Féin Vice President Michelle O’Neill said:

 “Patriots like John Davey motivate and inspire all of us to transform and unite our country for everyone, not for ourselves alone.  

“We are in a new political era. We will continue to confront injustice, including new revelations of appalling failures by the PSNI to disclose key information to investigations by the Police Ombudsman into dozens of murders by loyalist death squads during the 1980s and ‘90s.

“This is unacceptable and deplorable and we will challenge it head-on as we seek to hold the Chief Constable and PSNI to account.

“If the DUP or anyone else wish to exercise political power in government in the north of Ireland now or in the future, then the cost is to embrace a rights-based society and openness, transparency and equal partnership government, which works for everyone.

“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 DUP’s financial scandals, and the full implementation of the Good Friday and subsequent agreements.

“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. We will not be part of an unjust government. There will be no return to the status quo.

“As I stand in front of you today and we remember the life and commitment of John Davey, let me leave you with this thought.

“The Good Friday Agreement gave all of our people the opportunity and choice to decide our future together, how we live together, how we work together and how we share this island together. The political momentum on change is moving in that direction. Sinn Féin wants a New Ireland, a fairer Ireland, and a united Ireland.

“We are now in the midst of what is the most defining period politically, economically and constitutionally since the Good Friday Agreement 21 years ago. It is time to talk about the future of our island and people together.

“And it is time to render the British border in Ireland permanently invisible and to make the partition of this country history.” 

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