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Sinn Fein are 'up for a deal', says leader McDonald

Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald has said her party is "up for a deal" to restore power-sharing in Northern Ireland.

Mrs McDonald made the comment at the launch of a Sinn Fein policy document on eradicating sectarianism in Belfast on Monday.

It comes after the high-profile attendance of Arlene Foster at the GAA Ulster final on Sunday, where Fermanagh lost to Donegal.

Speaking at the match, the DUP leader said she realised there were "some people who may be uncomfortable with me being here" and added "I am a leader of a political party that promotes a shared society in Northern Ireland and to do that you have to take steps".

Mary Lou McDonald appeared at the event alongside unionist Senator Ian Marshall, who was elected to the Irish Seanad with the support of Sinn Fein.

“Sinn Fein entered and operated the institutions in the north because they are in the best interest of all our people," said Mrs McDonald.

“Martin McGuinness led the Executive with courage and with patience. 

“He was a bridge builder, a reconciler, a leader who stood up for the rights of all citizens and a joint First Minister who took a stand against sectarianism.

“He resigned because those institutions were undermined by disrespect and tainted by scandal.

“But let me be clear - Sinn Fein is up for a deal.

“We are committed to real power-sharing; power sharing is about creating the common ground wherein we can collectively challenge the scourge of sectarianism that has divided our people, grow the economy, build new communities and deliver public services that meet the needs of all our people.

“We want the Executive and Assembly up and running.  I look forward to working with the DUP and with the other parties in the north.”

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