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Sinn Féin determined to build on progress made - McGuinness

16 September, 2016 - by Martin McGuinness

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said Sinn Féin is determined to build on the progress already made by the Assembly and Executive in order to create a better society. 

Speaking at the Sinn Féin think-in event in Meath this morning, Mr McGuinness said; 

"In this new Assembly term Sinn Féin will be seeking to build on the good work of previous years.

"We face challenges with ongoing Tory austerity and the fact that Theresa May and her government have no clue what to do about Brexit. 

"And while the problems with Brexit have been well rehearsed, it also provides an opportunity for a new debate about the constitutional future of our island and our relationship with Britain.

"We need to convince more and more people that their best interests, our better future, is best served by taking control of our own destiny.

"Look at what we achieved in terms of the £585m package in the Fresh Start Agreement to protect the most vulnerable in our society. 

"Our ministers are also making real and positive differences. Michelle O'Neill has lifted the unfair ban on gay men becoming blood donors and awarded a long-sought pay increase to health workers. Chris Hazzard is taking forward key infrastructural projects to address historic inequalities. Mairtín Ó Muilleoir is giving us an opportunity to change the way business is done in the north and to put fairness and social justice at the heart of government. And Megan Fearon has been involved in removing interface walls to build a better society. 

"But there is still much to be done to fully implement the Fresh Start Agreement, particularly in challenging the British government to fulfil its obligations to address the legacy of the past, including providing funding for legacy inquests and ending its ludicrous posturing over so-called national security.  

“There is also a need for a thorough and transparent all-Ireland investigation into the NAMA scandal. 

“This issue is not going away and we intend to continue to rigorously pursue the need for the lid to be lifted on this debacle.

"So these are exciting times for us. There are many challenges for us to overcome. and many opportunities ahead for us to seize and working together, we can continue to do great things."

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