Sinn Féin Leader in the North Michelle O’Neill has said the DUP is betraying the interests of the people of the north in its agreement to prop up the pro-Brexit and pro-austerity Tory government of Theresa May.
Michelle O’Neill said:
“It is no surprise that the DUP has agreed to prop up the pro-Brexit and pro-austerity Tory government of Theresa May
“They have once again betrayed the interests of the people of the north by supporting a Tory party which has cut funding to our public services year on year to the tune of hundreds of millions of pounds.
“Experience shows us that unionists have minimal influence on any British government.
“They have achieved little propping up Tory governments in the past and put their own interests before those of the people.
“This new arrangement between the DUP and the Tories will be transitory and will end in tears.
“But it will be the people of the north who will have to pay the price for the DUP’s support for Brexit and for cuts.
“Given the Tory government’s increasingly partisan approach it is more important than ever that the Taoiseach and the Irish government stand up for the rights of all citizens in the north.
“The Irish government needs to seize the initiative to secure designated special status for the North within the EU as part of the Brexit negotiations.
“It has also a responsibility to ensure that the British government ends its support for the DUP’s denial of rights to Irish citizens which are the norm in every other part of these islands.
“Sinn Féin’s focus remains on entering talks to re-establish an Executive which delivers for all on the basis of equality, respect and integrity and this requires the full implementation of agreements on rights and legacy.”