Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Sinn Fein says will oppose any deal that undermines peace deal


Appointing an independent chair to take over the faltering Stormont talks process would be a waste of time, the Ulster Unionists have claimed.

It was announced in April that the deadline for parties there to reach a deal would be pushed out until June 29th.

He added: "A fundamental part of that peace process is that the UK Government needs to be impartial between all the competing interests in Northern Ireland".

Representatives of Northern Ireland's other political parties, who also met with May at Downing Street on Thursday, also expressed further about a deal. "And that worries me a great deal about the peace process".

"In terms of neutrality, politically I think it is compromised by the fact that they are now in coalition with one party.

And we told her very directly that she was in breach of the Good Friday Agreement and we itemized those matters in which she was dilatory or in default in relation to that agreement", the Guardian reported.

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Sinn Féin will oppose any deal between the Government and the DUP which undermines the peace deal, Mr Adams warned.

Sinn Fein would support any additional monies going to the Northern Ireland Executive as a resuilt of a deal, he said.

Before her visit, Sinn Fein's leader at Stormont Michelle O'Neill said: "I will be making it very clear that any deal between the Tories and the DUP can not be allowed to undermine the Good Friday and subsequent agreements".

'We also made it very clear that we want to make the local institutions work, that we want to deliver an executive that works for all of our citizens, that we would no longer tolerate the denial of rights for our citizens, that we have to make the institutions work on the way in which they are intended'.

"The prime minister will have to do a lot more to convince us that the DUP tail isn't wagging the Tory dog", Colum Eastwood, leader of the nationalist Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), said in a statement.

"We are certainly up for the task of getting devolved government back up and running in Northern Ireland".

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