Sinn Féin is ‘up for a deal’ – McDonald

Sinn Féin aims to secure a deal to restore the power-sharing institutions in the North, Party President Mary Lou McDonald has said.

Speaking at the launch of a new policy document on eradicating sectarianism, Mary Lou McDonald insisted that all forms of intolerance must be confronted.

The event, in North Belfast’s Houben Centre, was also addressed by unionist Senator Ian Marshall, who was elected with Sinn Féin support.

Mary Lou McDonald said: “Sinn Féin entered and operated the institutions in the north because they are in the best interest of all our people.

“Martin McGuinness led the Executive with courage and with patience.

“He was a bridge builder, a reconciler, a leader who stood up for the rights of all citizens and a joint First minister who took a stand against sectarianism.

“He resigned because those institutions were undermined by disrespect and tainted by scandal.

“But let me be clear – Sinn Féin is up for a deal.

“We are committed to real power-sharing; power sharing is about creating the common ground wherein we can collectively challenge the scourge of sectarianism that has divided our people, grow the economy, build new communities and deliver public services that meet the needs of all our people.

“We want the Executive and Assembly up and running. I look forward to working with the DUP and with the other parties in the North.”