Sinn Fein's O'Neill in warning on DUP legacy 'side deal'
Any attempt by the Government to undermine plans to deal with the legacy of the Troubles by doing a 'side deal' with DUP will be rejected by Sinn Fein, Michelle O'Neill has said.
The Sinn Fein deputy leader was speaking after Sir Jeffrey Donaldson claimed that the DUP had persuaded the Government to make "significant changes" to its legacy proposals.
Sir Jeffrey said: "As a result of discussions we have been having at Westminster, we believe the Government is going to be making significant changes to the legacy proposals in response to the concerns raised on behalf of innocent victims."
He also told the News Letter: "We would strongly oppose any move to create a legacy process that only had the support of republicans."
But Ms O'Neill said that those "families who have spent as many as 50 years campaigning for truth and justice will be extremely concerned" to hear that "significant changes are being planned to the proposals agreed at Stormont House".
She added: "The toxic relationship between the Tories and the DUP has already poisoned the political process over the past two years.
"It cannot be allowed to undermine the legacy bodies which were agreed by all parties and both governments in 2014."