Good Friday Agreement facing its most serious threat, Sinn Fein warns
The Good Friday Agreement is facing its most serious threat since its implementation, Sinn Fein's Declan Kearney has warned.
Mr Kearney accused the DUP and the UK Government of creating the continuing political crisis at Stormont, which is threatening "the entire basis of the Good Friday Agreement".
"The British government and DUP alliance is based upon a unionist agenda defined in terms of support for Brexit, austerity and opposition to a rights-based framework for government.
"They have created the current crisis and, as a result, the entire basis of the Good Friday Agreement is now faced with its most serious threat in the history of the peace process," said Mr Kearney.
Speaking in Stormont at the launch of a new Sinn Fein booklet entitled No return to the Status Quo, the party's national chairman added that a " successful resolution hinges on whether political unionism can accept, and co-exist in partnership, with the Irish cultural tradition, and Irish nationalist and republican identity".
"The only way this can be achieved is through the implementation of the equality-based framework of the Good Friday Agreement to guarantee the rights of all citizens and sections of society, regardless of creed, culture, colour, class, political allegiance or sexual orientation.
"The political institutions will either be re-established and sustained on this basis, or they will not," he said.
Mr Kearney added: "Fifty years on from the civil rights campaign the rights and equality agenda must not be short changed.
"The days of anyone using the political institutions in the north of Ireland to show disrespect, and contempt or to deny rights are over.
"This much is certain, the new momentum for full delivery of rights for all citizens will not be going away."