Radical step change needed in northern talks – McDonald
Speaking after meeting the two governments and party leaders in Stormont today Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald said:
“The parties and the two governments have been engaged in a process of important and constructive dialogue over the last two weeks.
“The Sinn Féin team has played an active and constructive role in those talks.
“The current stalemate is unacceptable and unsustainable and there needs to be a radical step change to resolve the outstanding issues.
An intensive, focussed and time-limited negotiation must now begin.
“We have an opportunity but time is short.
“The next week is critical.
“People want an Executive and an Assembly that is sustainable, rights based and which serves every citizen.
“That is a test of leadership.
“That is a test of political will.
“That’s what we want to achieve."