Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney said today that the political institutions in the north must be built on equality.
” The DUP have not addressed the equality and rights issues, which caused the collapse of the political institutions.
“Nineteen years after the Good Friday Agreement and ten years on from St Andrew’s the DUP have blocked an Acht na Gaeilge, the Bill of Rights, marriage equality, respect, anti-sectarian measures and progress on legacy issues.
“The DUP’s anti-equality approach has been emboldened by their alliance with a Tory government, which has put its own survival first.
“The DUP opposes rights for Irish speakers, it opposes rights for ethnic minorities and for women.
“It opposes rights for gay and lesbian citizens even though there is a majority in the Assembly for marriage equality.
“The political institutions must be built on equality so that a rights based society can emerge.
“That is the only basis on which the institutions can operate.”