Sinn Féin defended the core principles of the Good Friday Agreement
Sinn Féin Assembly Group Leader, Upper Bann MLA John O'Dowd speaking after the Ministerial Code of Conduct and the new Assembly Standing Orders were debated in the Assembly today has said that he is confident that Sinn Fein defended the core principles of the Good Friday Agreement throughout the recent negotiations with the British and Irish governments.
Mr O'Dowd said:
"In these negotiations Sinn Féin had two objectives; to defend the core principles of the Good Friday Agreement and to bring the DUP into a power sharing Executive built upon equality.
"Sinn Fein have defended the core of the agreement particularly in relation to the authority of ministers and full engagement with the all-Ireland strands of the Good Friday Agreement.
"The only question that remains is whether the DUP are prepared at this point to join the rest of us in the power sharing and all Ireland arrangements. I hope they do.
"Sinn Féin opposed the clause in Standing Orders today relating to the IMC and its undemocratic role." ENDS