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British Government placing DUP deal above power-sharing: Sinn Fein's McDonald

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald has hit out at Theresa May's Government for putting its deal with the DUP ahead of restoring power-sharing.

Mrs McDonald was reacting to comments made by the British and Irish governments made around the twentieth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement calling for the Executive to be reestablished.

"It is absolutely clear that the British government has placed their deal with the DUP above the need to get government back up and running in the north and delivering rights for citizens," said the Sinn Fein president.

“It’s clear the British Government is playing for time, and it’s clear that Karen Bradley has failed to introduce any new momentum into the process.

“The governments need to act to end the DUP’s denial of rights enjoyed by citizens everywhere else on these islands, including Irish language rights, the right of LGBT citizens to marry the person they love, and the right to a coroner’s inquest.

“The way forward is for the governments to convene the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference to deal with the outstanding equality issues by implementing previous agreements to resolve the outstanding issues.

“This would clear the way for a credible talks process to re-establish the institutions.”

The British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference came into existence with the Good Friday Agreement, and recent proposals to reconvene it have proven controversial.

Leo Varadkar drew criticism in November 2017, when he suggested the body could have a greater roll in the governance of Northern Ireland in the absence of a functioning Executive.

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