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Unionism needs to step up to the plate on reconciliation - Kearney

17 November, 2016 - by Declan Kearney


Sinn Féin MLA Declan Kearney has said sections of political unionism are in default of their responsibilities on reconciliation and parity of esteem issues. 

The Sinn Féin National Chairperson said; 

"Twelve months on from the Fresh Start Agreement political stability has been restored and Sinn Féin has met all of its commitments. 

"However, there is still no parity of esteem being demonstrated by sections of political unionism towards the Irish language. 

"We have also seen no reciprocation of the reconciliation initiatives taken by republicans from significant sections of political unionism and that must change. Reconciliation is not a one-way street; it requires effort from everyone. 

"We have a British government that is mocking the families of victims by refusing to lift its veto on so-called national security and by withholding funds for legacy inquests. 

"These are fundamental equality and parity of esteem issues which must be addressed and that means that political unionism will have to step up to the plate and work with republicans to ensure we collectively build a better society."

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