Austerity is the cost of the union – Paul Maskey
Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey said the recent agreement is not an end point and that the Tory government will continue to try to impose their austerity policies on the North.
The West Belfast MP said:
"Sinn Féin is opposed to the austerity policies of the Tories in London and Fine Gael and Labour in Dublin and their attack on public services and welfare supports. These policies are discredited and are unfair, undemocratic and economically counter-productive.
“The Tory government has made it clear that they will press ahead with their cuts. We will continue to oppose these polices.
"Over the past ten weeks we have negotiated a package of measures including an extra half billion in new money and also additional flexibilities to invest in public services and the economy.
"We have negotiated a fund of £585 million over four years to support the vulnerable and working families.
"We have also reached an agreement that will deal with the issue of criminality and the continued existence of armed and active groups.
“The British government has failed to honour the Stormont House Agreement on full disclosure to meet the needs of victims.
“They continue to cover up the action of their agents, army, police and political establishment by using a so-called national security veto. This is unacceptable and means that no agreement was possible on dealing with disclosure and the past.
“This agreement is not an end point. The Tory Party, with Dublin on the sidelines will continue to try and impose their policies on the people.
“The campaign against these cuts must continue and must be won. The only safeguard against future Tory’s cuts is the executive having the full suite of powers to manage and grow the economy in a fair and sustainable fashion.
“It is clear that austerity is the cost of the union and that both should end."