Shadow Assembly represents retreat from power sharing - McDonald
Speaking today in London, Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD said;
“The way forward in the North is through real and genuine power-sharing, the delivery of citizens’ rights and equal partnership government.
“Any proposed shadow Assembly would mark a retreat from power sharing and the leadership needed to restore the Good Friday Agreement framework. It would be an unacceptable step backwards, lacking credibility.
“The onus is now on the two governments to act and through their joint stewardship to remove the obstacles to restoring the political institutions.
“Both governments must now convene the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference to find a way to implement outstanding agreements and to fully respect the rights of citizens to marriage equality, to language rights and the funding of legacy inquests.
“Direct rule is not an option. It was a failure in the past and would be so again.
“It’s time to face the real challenge to deliver citizens’ rights and to re-establish the institutions of the Good Friday Agreement.”