'Decision time for governments and parties' - Mary Lou McDonald
Sinn Féin Uachtarán Mary Lou McDonald TD said today that it is decision time for the two governments and the political parties involved in talks to restore power sharing on a sustainable and inclusive basis.
And the Sinn Féin leader said ‘broken promises are the reason we have broken government in the north’.
Speaking after leading a party delegation, including Leas Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill and Conor Murphy, met with the two governments and the other political parties in Belfast today, Mary Lou McDonald said:
“Sinn Féin is here to do the business.
“Today’s meeting was very positive.
“What’s required now is a step change in the negotiations.
“There is a way forward and we believe the outstanding issues can be resolved.
“It is decision time for the two governments and the parties.
“Leadership and political will is required to have good government, inclusive government, stable government, a government which has room for every citizen.
“A system of government where agreements made, are agreements delivered.
“Broken promises are the reason we have broken politics.
"We need to fix that, I believe that we can.
“Twenty one years after the Good Friday Agreement promised equality of treatment, people are still campaigning on the streets for basic rights.
“Thirteen years after the St Andrew’s Agreement, the commitment to an Acht Gaeilge has still not been honoured.
“Five years after the Stormont House Agreement the legacy mechanisms have not been set up.
“The Good Friday Agreement is the template for good power-sharing and we need to return to that template if we are to restore credible, sustainable institutions that treat all citizens equally.”