British government must face up to its responsibilities - McGuinness
Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness said today the British government needs to accept its responsibilities for the difficulties facing the political process.
Martin McGuinness said:
“We entered this negotiation positively on the basis of getting a comprehensive agreement.
“In the 18 hours of his involvement in this negotiation David Cameron made little or no contribution other than to duck his responsibilities and that of his government.
“There was no credible financial package on offer which would enable the Executive to protect frontline public services or to deliver the type of Peace and Reconciliation work needed to stabilise the peace process.
“Instead the British government is wedded to a cuts agenda which no party here agreed to and which is already taking an horrendous toll on our public services and on the most vulnerable people in our society.
“The British government also refuses to honour its commitment to hold an inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane. It is still trying to obstruct efforts to get truth and justice for the victims of state violence and collusion. Disgracefully the Irish government has signed up to this agenda.
“This is unacceptable to Sinn Féin. We will continue to work with the other Executive parties but without a credible financial package progress is impossible.” ENDS/CRÍOCH