‘DUP side deal an act of bad faith’ - O’Neill
Any attempt by the British Government to undermine the legacy agreement by doing a ‘side deal’ with DUP will be rejected by Sinn Féin and the families who have spent years campaigning for justice, Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill MLA has said.
Commenting after the DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson claimed that the British Government is preparing to make ‘significant changes’ at the DUP's behest, to planned legislation dealing with the legacy of the conflict, Michelle O’Neill said;
“On the day after the British Secretary of State stood up and claimed her government will do everything possible to restore the political institutions through all-party talks, it has been reported that they are in fact preparing another side deal with the DUP on the legacy issue.
“Families who have spent as many as 50 years campaigning for truth and justice will be extremely concerned to hear the DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson announcing that, following discussions with his party, significant changes are being planned to the proposals agreed at Stormont House.
“The toxic relationship between the Tories and the DUP has already poisoned the political process over the past two years. It cannot be allowed to undermine the legacy bodies which were agreed by all parties and both governments in 2014.
“The DUP have broken one agreement after another and any attempt to now rewrite or renege on the Stormont House Agreement is entirely unacceptable and an act of bad faith. It will be strongly resisted by Sinn Féin and by families who are entitled to truth and justice.
“Full implementation of the legacy mechanisms agreed at Stormont House and the legislation underpinning them are absolutely fundamental in dealing with the legacy of the conflict.
“Rather than renegotiating with the DUP, the British government should publish the legacy consultation response which yielded over 17,000 submissions, without any further delay and begin work to commence the legislation.
“I have already contacted the British Secretary of State Karen Bradley and will be raising concerns with the Irish government about this latest revelation.”