Sinn Fein and DUP strike ‘Stormont power-sharing deal’ – Again in as many years

Cross Party Talks Begin To Reinstate Northern Irish Government
United Ireland should hold Twelfth celebrations, says Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald

The Democratic Union Party of Northern Ireland (DUP) and Jerry Adams’ Sinn Fein agree to reentering the Stormont Assembly///BY CRIMSON TAZVINZWA

Sinn Fein has agreed to back a deal to restore powersharing at Stormont in a historic powersharing agreement; confirms the return of devolved government in Northern Ireland after a three-year absence.

The DUP and Sinn Fein today announced the agreement that if successful will certainly restore devolution to Northern Ireland in a short period of time than previously anticpated by political pundits.

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The DUP and Sinn Fein leaders confirmed the deal in statements in Stormont that would have been unthinkable a few months, if not weeks, ago.

The significance of the deal was swiftly hailed by Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald, who said:

” This is a very important day for the people of Northern Ireland but also for the people and the history of these islands.”

Making the announcement on Friday evening McDonald said:

“We now have the basis to restore power sharing, and we’re up for that.

“There’s no doubt there are serious challenges ahead; the impact of Brexit, austerity and other pressing issues.

“But the biggest and most significant challenge will be ensuring we have genuine power sharing build on equality, respect and integrity.”

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McDonald also said she is willing to put celebrating the Twelfth of July across the island of Ireland on the table in talks on a future Irish border poll.

Ms McDonald told the Irish Independent that “everything should be on the table” when asked specifically about the Protestant celebration of William of Orange’s victory at the Battle of the Boyne.

“I’ll tell you how we do it, we do it by having them [unionists] front and centre in the conversation and asking them, because I would be absolutely astonished if for people of a unionist persuasion the issue around the Twelfth of July was not raised,” she said.

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