December 15, 2019
Political will key to restoring credible government – O’Neill

Sinn Féin Leas Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill said today that political will is key to restoring the political institutions of the Good Friday Agreement on a sustainable and credible basis.

Michelle O’Neill was speaking as Sinn Féin prepares to re-enter talks tomorrow with the two governments and the other political parties in the north.

Michelle O’Neill said:

“Sinn Féin wants to see the political institutions restored on a credible and sustainable basis.

“A credible restored Executive must deliver on issues such as public sector pay, safe staffing levels in the health service, economic policies that deliver prosperity and invest in rural communities, and an appropriate welfare mitigation package.

“We will work towards securing agreement on outstanding issues, including an Irish Language Act, reform of the Petition of Concern, the legacy of the past and integrity in government.

“I believe they can be resolved if there is the political will to do so.

“We need a new kind of politics, a new Assembly and a new Executive.

“We need to deliver good government and properly resourced public services to all. 

“We need an Executive which is transparent, accountable and inclusive. 

“All parties should commit to being round that table, providing political leadership and setting out our own agenda and priorities, serving the best interests of the people of the North.

“Alongside this, it is impossible to ignore the reality that a growing number of people are impatient for change, and the demand for an Irish unity referendum. The Irish government should establish an All-Ireland Forum on Irish Unity without delay.

“We are entering a decade of opportunity where the freedom to choose our own future will be decided by the people on this island alone.”

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