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DUP and British Government have much to reflect upon – Kearney

6 July, 2017 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin MLA and National Chairperson Declan Kearney has repeated that Sinn Féin wants the political institutions established urgently.

Writing in An Phoblacht he also said that the DUP can only go back into government when it accepts the primacy of a rights based, inclusive and anti-sectarian society in the North.

Mr Kearney said:

"Since the Assembly election on 2nd March three rounds of talks have taken place to try and reestablish the political institutions.

"The second round was interrupted due to the British Prime Minister's decision to call an unscheduled Westminister general election. Earlier this week the most recent phase of talks which started after that election also ended with no agreement.

"Sinn Féin shares the widespread public disappointment and frustration at this lack of progress.

"The fact is that the first 17 days immediately after the Westminister election were squandered by both the DUP and British Conservative party, in a parallel negotiation to get DUP support for a minority Tory government.

"In the last two weeks the DUP had absolutely no reason to address the failure to implement previous agreements, including the Good Friday Agreement, which relate to the Irish language, a bill of rights, legacy mechanisms, or wider rights issues such as marriage equality and anti-sectarian measures.

"The fact is the Irish language is about more than recognition of the Irish language. It has become totemic for the broader equality and rights agenda.

"Another serious question arises as to whether the northern state and unionism can accept parity of esteem for the Irish identity and equality for all citizens.

"Sinn Féin wants the institutions established urgently, but not at the expense of institutionalised bigotry.  The DUP can only go back into government again when it accepts the primacy of a rights based, inclusive and anti-sectarian society in the North." 

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