SF Calls On Govts To Deliver On 'Rights' Issue

Sinn Fein's Northern leader Michelle O'Neill has called on the UK and Irish governments to deliver on the "rights" issue before talks resume to form power-sharing in NI.

Mrs O'Neill met with Secretary of State on Monday, however she said he did not produce any firm proposals to move the process forward.

She said: "I want to lead Sinn Féin back into a new Executive but the issues of rights and outstanding agreements must be addressed.
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"In the absence of agreement, the onus remains on the two Governments to spell out how they intend to ensure the implementation of previous agreements, end the DUP's denial of rights and pave a pathway to restore the institutions."


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