Unionism still needs to grasp reality of process of change
Sinn Féin National Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin said that it was ironic that the UUP should this afternoon be in Dublin meeting with the Irish government exactly one year on from the day that they lost their nerve and pulled out of a deal which would have seen the political institutions restored.
Mr McLaughlin said:
"Exactly one year ago today David Trimble reneged at the very last minute on a deal and a sequence which would have seen the political institutions restored.
"It is ironic that one year on the UUP, now in the position of the minority unionist party, are in Dublin meeting with the Irish government presumably with the intention of seeing a deal agreed allowing the same political institutions to be re-established.
"Both unionist parties have in recent weeks been engaged in dialogue with the Irish government and we obviously welcome this. However both parties still need to come to terms with and grasp the process of change which is required and which the Good Friday Agreement demands." ENDS