The Week in Review
09 – 16 September 2016
Martin McGuinness MLA welcomes Taoiseach’s commitment to All-Ireland Forum on Brexit
Sinn Féin MLA and Joint First Minister, Martin McGuinness has welcomed a commitment from An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to bring forward proposals for an All-Ireland Forum on Brexit.
Mr McGunness said: “I welcome the commitment from An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the British Irish Association in Oxford last night to bring forward proposals for an All-Ireland Forum on Brexit.”
He added, “Given the enormous implications for all the people of this island and the democratically expressed desire of the people of the north to stay in Europe, this forum needs to happen as a matter of the utmost urgency.”
Mr McGuinness concluded by saying, “Ending the artificial partition of Ireland in a peaceful and democratic manner should be a political priority for the Irish government – and even more so now in the context of Brexit. This discussion should take place in a mature an informed manner.”
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have failed the people – Gerry Adams TD
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, speaking on Thursday at the start of Sinn Féin’s two day ‘think-in,’ accused Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil of having “failed the people on every count” and of providing “political cover for those involved in illegal and improper NAMA transactions”.
The Sinn Féin leader urged the Irish government to act in the national interest of the people and explore ways in which the north can remain a part of the EU: “The Taoiseach is duty bound to do this. It is the only way to avoid the re-emergence of an economic border.”
Gerry Adams TD said: “The partnership between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil has limped along since the government was formed. It has reduced politics to a charade and failed the people on every count. They are not about solving the housing issues or the crisis in our health services or the other challenges facing our people and our country. Their focus is entirely party political. They serve the interests of the establishment, not the people.”
Mr Adams’ Full remarks can be read here.
British must fulfil its responsibilities on legacy of the past – Jennifer McCann MLA
Jennifer McCann MLA has said that the British government must fulfil its responsibilities to address the legacy of the past. Ms McCann was speaking after the announcement of new appointments to the Victims and Survivors Forum.
The newly appointed Sinn Féin spokesperson on legacy issues said; “I welcome the new appointments announced to the Victims and Survivors Forum.”
Ms McCann continued, “The British government’s continued failure and refusal to deal with the legacy of the conflict is adding to the hurt and pain suffered by many in our society, particularly relatives of victims of state violence and collusion.”
Ms McCann said the British government can no longer “place obstacles in the way of relatives by withholding information on the death of their loved ones on the spurious grounds of national security.”
She concluded by noting that, “Commitments were made in the Stormont House Agreement on how to deal with the legacy of the conflict. Those commitments must be implemented in full and I and my colleagues will continue to challenge the British government on behalf of relatives. All relatives and victims are entitled to maximum disclosure of truth in relation to the death of their loved ones.”
Government should oppose the construction of Hinkley Point Nuclear Plant – Gerry Adams TD
Gerry Adams has called on the government to “vigorously oppose both politically and legally” the decision by the British government to go ahead with the construction of the £18 billion Hinkley Point Nuclear Plant in Somerset.
Mr Adams said: “The Hinkley Point nuclear power plant presents a real risk to the health and safety of citizens on the east coast of Ireland who will now have an additional nuclear plant just across the Irish Sea. The British decision is not the final word on this issue. There is widespread opposition in Britain to the plant, particularly because of concerns around environmental issues. Like Sellafield the Irish government should be engaged in a determined campaign to close these nuclear plants.”
Conor Murphy MLA welcomes moves to block water charges
Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has welcomed that a joint proposal has been brought to the Executive to maintain the Executive’s policy of no domestic water charges.
Mr Murphy said; “I am pleased that the Executive backed this proposal and that homeowners in the North will not be charged for water. Access to water is a basic right and we will ensure that water charges will continue to be blocked. Sinn Féin remains absolutely opposed to the introduction of domestic water charges north or south.”
BREXIT: The Cost of Ireland’s Partition
The Quaker Meeting House,
22 School Ln, Liverpool L1 3BT
18:30, Sunday 25th September 2016
* Mary Lou McDonald TD, Sinn Fein Vice President
* Dave Anderson MP, Shadow Secretary of State
* Simon Dubbins, Unite the Union, Director of International & Research
Chair: Mickey Brady MP, Sinn Fein
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