Sinn Fein says it’s ‘open for busi­ness’ on Stor­mont deal

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS -

SINN Fein has said it is ready to en­gage in talks to re­store the power-shar­ing ex­ec­u­tive in the North.

Deputy leader Mary Lou Mcdon­ald claimed she was “open for busi­ness” de­spite talks hav­ing been sus­pended for the sum­mer.

Sinn Fein’s North­ern chief Michelle O’neill was in Dublin yes­ter­day to at­tend the party’s Ard Comhairle.

She con­firmed the party was will­ing to con­tinue with ne­go­ti­a­tions and the rel­a­tively peace­ful march­ing sea­son could cre­ate the right at­mos­phere for talks.

But Ms O’neill warned the deal be­tween the Demo­cratic Union­ists and the Con­ser­va­tives at West­min­ster has com­pli­cated pol­i­tics in the North.

She said: “Look at the deal which they have done with the Tories, they have given them a blank cheque in re­la­tion to Brexit.

“And we all know the dev­as­tat­ing im­pli­ca­tions there are go­ing to be for the is­land of Ire­land”.

Stor­mont col­lapsed in Jan­uary when the late Mar­tin Mcguinness re­signed over the “cash-forash” scan­dal and Sinn Fein re­fused to nom­i­nate a new Deputy First Min­is­ter.

LEADER Michelle O’neill

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