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‘We need detail not DUP assurances’ - Kelly

20 June, 2017 - by Gerry Kelly

More than assurances are required from the DUP to secure an agreement to form a new Executive, Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly MLA has said.

Speaking from Stormont today, the North Belfast MLA said:

“Sinn Féin are engaged and working for an agreement. We want to see the institutions back up and running and a sustainable, credible Executive in place, which can deliver first-class public services on the basis of equality, respect and integrity.

“A resolution is possible but the implementation of previous agreements is central to that if citizens are to have any faith in it.

“Obviously, these discussions are also taking place against the backdrop of the DUP-Tory Party negotiations and the Brexit talks, both of which have the potential to negatively impact on this process. 

“So we are going to need more than reassurances that any deal between Arlene Foster and Theresa May won’t undermine this process. 

“We need to see the detail because it is the Tories who undermined the Executive in the first place by pandering to the DUP’s actions in government and slashing over £1 billion from the Block Grant. 

“And it is the Tories who may inflict yet more cuts on the North through their austerity policies, regardless of any deal with the DUP.” 

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