‘Sinn Féin stands ready’ – O’Neill

Sinn Féin stands ready to restore the power-sharing institutions by resolving the issues of rights and equality at the heart of the impasse, the party’s Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill has said.

Michelle O’Neill was commenting as she joined Sinn Féin’s candidate for the European election Martina Anderson as she submitted her nomination papers today.

The Sinn Féin Vice President said: “The DUP had ten years in an Executive to demonstrate whether they were prepared to treat all citizens equally. They failed to do so.

“But if they are now saying that they are prepared to deal definitively with the rights issues – including marriage equality, women’s rights, Irish speakers and victims – then we are in a very different scenario.

“We will enter any process in good faith but, clearly, it must be credible and focused on the issues if it is to be successful.

“The British Irish Intergovernmental Conference should be urgently convened so that both governments working together begin addressing the need to end the discrimination and denial of rights – rights that are available everywhere else on these islands.

“In that changed context, Sinn Féin stands ready to re-establish the power-sharing institutions.”