Commenting following an announcement that the British government is once again bringing forward legislation to delay an Assembly election Sinn Féin Leas Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill said:
“The decision to extend this legislation is a worrying and retrograde step as it signals a lack of urgency to secure an agreement.
“The governments convened the current talks process and as co guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement they have a responsibility to ensure that we get credible, sustainable institutions up and running that treat all citizens equally.
“If the two governments aren’t prepared to meet those commitments then the people should have their say through an election.
“Unfortunately, this British Government has again shown itself willing to delay the democratic process, stall the talks and abandon its own responsibilities to facilitate the DUP’s denial of rights and the Orange marching season.
“The Tory Party, reliant on the DUP to stay in office, is prioritising its own survival over the rights of citizens.”