Responding to comments made by Fr Martin Magill at the funeral of murder victim Lyra McKee today Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald said:
“I agree with Fr Magill. The murder of Lyra McKee is outrageous.
“In a clear concise way he has said what I have heard all over Ireland, people want the Executive and the Assembly up and running, people want equality and they want good government they can have confidence in.
“Political leaders should be working together.
“Sinn Féin wants to see the full restoration of the institutions of the Good Friday Agreement.
“Sinn Féin wants to be in government making decisions on issues which impact on the lives of local people.
“We have told the British Prime Minister and the Taoiseach that the current situation of stalemate of no Executive or Assembly is untenable and cannot continue.
“Sinn Féin is ready to play our full part in a serious and meaningful talks process which removes obstacles to power-sharing, delivers rights, and restores the Assembly.
“The two governments should now meet with urgency through the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference, to provide solutions to the outstanding rights issues, which are at the heart of sustainable power sharing.”