Good Friday Agreement a triumph of the politics of hope – Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has called tonight for all parties and the two governments to recommit themselves to the fundamental principles of the Good Friday Agreement of consent, equality, rights and genuine powersharing.

The Sinn Féin Leader will be in Belfast tomorrow to mark the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the Agreement.

Speaking tonight Mary Lou McDonald said:

“The Good Friday Agreement remains a triumph of the politics of hope over despair. Those involved from the parties and the governments demonstrated the power of leadership and a commitment to building a better future for all our people.

“They deserve not only our recognition and acknowledgement but our sincere thanks.

“The Good Friday Agreement is as relevant today as it was twenty years ago. It is a process to manage change and to respect difference.

“All parties, and both governments, should use this opportunity to recommit to the Agreement and its fundamental principles of consent, equality, rights and genuine powersharing.

“The application of these fundamental principles would resolve the issues blocking the re-establishment of the institutions and to meeting the challenges of reconciliation, healing the past and dealing with Brexit.

“This anniversary should be an opportunity to not only look back with pride but to look forward with confidence that the potential of the agreements will be fully realised.”