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Stormont meeting a cynical exercise by the British government – McDonald

15 February, 2019 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Speaking after a meeting in Belfast today between the two governments and the local political parties, Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald said: 

“Sinn Féin is eager to play a part in a credible talks process to restore the political institutions, end the denial of rights and secure the full implementation of the Good Friday and subsequent agreements.

“However, this is not a credible talks process.

“There is no evidence of any change to the DUP positions on these matters;  no evidence of a political will to address the issues of rights, integrity in government and financial scandals, which Martin McGuinness outlined in his letter of resignation.

“A year on from the last talks process what we have today is a cynical exercise by the British government to buy more time and distract from the DUP’s RHI scandal ahead of local government elections.

“The British government remain in hock to the DUP as partners in the chaos that is Brexit.

“The two governments must set out how they deliver the rights of Irish speakers, the rights of women and the LGBT community and implement the legacy structures.” 

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