British government must stop stalling and implement the agreements in the North – McDonald

peaking today, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has said that the denial of rights and the stalling, delaying, and refusing to implement agreements, until the point of crisis, is the reason that the institutions in the north have not been re-established.

The Dublin Central TD said also that the British government is more fixated with their deal with the DUP than progress in the north.

Teachta Lou McDonald said:

“The British government today released a consultation document on dealing with the legacy of the conflict. That is to be welcomed and should signal a new approach by the British Government to honour their obligations.

“This consultation reflects the agreement made at Stormont House in 2014. Since then, the British government has delayed and frustrated progress on this matter.

“Sinn Féin and victims’ groups have had to campaign over this period to have an agreement made in 2014 to be honoured and implemented.  I raised this matter directly with Theresa May in London and consistently with the British Secretary of State Karen Bradley.

“The delay in publicising this document and the continued refusal, despite recent court rulings, to release funding for inquests is typical of the current British government’s approach to dealing with the past.

“The denial of rights and the stalling, delaying, and refusing to implement agreements, until the point of crisis, is the reason that the institutions in the north have not been re-established.

“The British government is more fixated with their deal with the DUP than progress in the north.

“The issues outstanding are not going away, they must be resolved for the institutions to be re-established.

“The stalling must end and agreements implemented, that is the road back to having the institutions of Good Friday Agreement re-established.

“The British government have to date continued to block the convening of the British Irish Intergovernmental conference.

“The two governments must now reconvene the British-Irish Intergovernmental conference as a matter of urgency, honour the St Andrew’s Agreement to implement an Irish Language Act, and must move to extend marriage equality to the citizens in the north.”