Shared future must be built through agreement
Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Martina Anderson speaking in the Assembly today has said that a shared future will be built through agreement and respect.
Speaking in a debate on the 'Shared Future' document Ms Anderson said:
"Sinn Féin has not only accepted its responsibility as a priority to build a shared future within the context of the political institutions - but also to explore with the Unionist community their views on how and on what basis that shared future could develop.
"It must be a top priority to get agreement on the way forward on a shared future within the framework of our already agreed legal and policy commitments- and this will not be brought about through simply endorsing administrative policy documents - but it will be through using the existing political process.
"The view of Sinn Féin in engaging with all communities and traditions is that building a shared future is learning to listen to others - and working out how to agree and just as importantly, how to disagree in mutual respect. It is also how to enable the most disadvantaged communities and groups to be treated with respect as part of building solutions - not as part of the problem." ENDS