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Positive leadership needed to implement agreement – Kearney

11 January, 2015

Sinn Féin national chairperson Declan Kearney said today positive leadership is needed from all political parties in the implementation of the Stormont House Agreement.  Declan Kearney made his comments at a meeting of party activists today.

Mr Kearney said: 

“The Agreement made very important progress in protecting the most vulnerable in society while important headway was also made in dealing with the legacy of the conflict; contentious parades; and flags, symbols and cultural identity.

“That is why the Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle ratified the agreement over Christmas.

"This agreement, if implemented, can be a catalyst for opening up a new phase of the peace and political processes.

"Decisive and positive leadership is now needed from all political parties to ensure the implementation of the Stormont House Agreement. 

“The political institutions must deliver and be seen to deliver for our community. 

“The unity of purpose among the five Executive parties on the need to defend public services, and the most vulnerable, against the British government austerity agenda, delivered an improved financial package. 

“This unity of purpose needs to be maintained if we are to deliver real improvements and oppose the Tory assault on public services. 

“This is not the time for petty party politicking or point-scoring. There is a clear responsibility on all parties to make power sharing and partnership government work.

“Cross-party leadership is required to harness the real opportunity which exists to take forward the huge priority of developing reconciliation in our society.  That is what our people want.

“There needs to a collective and collaborative approach to the urgent implementation of this agreement. There needs to be a new start.”

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