Brokenshire in Stormont talks with five main NI parties

Violet Tucker
September 5, 2017

She said she was disappointed with the "breakneck speed" with which Sinn Fein dismissed her proposal.

The political crisis in Northern Ireland looks set to continue as Sinn Fein have rejected the most recent offer from the DUP, created to return the parties to Stormont.

"The DUP would be much better served focusing on the discrimination by their ministers and representatives against the Irish language which contributed to the collapse of the political institutions".

She welcomed Foster's offer of practical measures to support the Irish language, but said the DUP should go further and guarantee Irish language rights in legislation.

It has been seven months since devolved ministers last took decisions.

"I am proposing that we restore an Executive immediately", she said.

It follows a rejection by Sinn Féin of a DUP proposal on the Irish language, who could have seen the restoration of the assembly.

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However what we can not and will not do is simply agree to one-sided demands.

Outstanding issues in dispute between the parties include legal protection for the Irish language and dealing with violence from Northern Ireland's past.

"We are not the barrier here to devolution in Northern Ireland".

In a statement, she said Foster's comments demonstrated that the DUP has not "listened or acknowledged the reasons for [Martin McGuinness'] resignation".

Earlier today, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said there will be no re-establishment of the Assembly without a stand-alone Irish Language Act.

The party said restoring government in Northern Ireland under the current circumstances would only lead to another collapse.

"Or do we develop, as the Good Friday Agreement envisages, a society in which everyone's rights are upheld and protected?"

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