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‘No alternative to Haass’ - SF

Sinn F�in national chairperson Declan Keaney, on right, speaking at the John Davey commemoration on Sunday. Included on left is councillor Sean McPeake. (1802MM07)

Sinn F�in national chairperson Declan Keaney, on right, speaking at the John Davey commemoration on Sunday. Included on left is councillor Sean McPeake. (1802MM07)

The British government need to “get on the same page as the rest of us” and publicly back the Haass proposals, a senior Sinn Féin figure has said.

Park man Declan Kearney, the party’s national chairperson, made the call at a commemoration on Sunday to mark the 25th anniversary of the murder of county Derry Sinn Féin councillor, John Davey.

The 58 year-old councillor was shot dead by the UVF outside his home in Gulladuff on February 14, 1989.

Speaking at the commemoration, Mr Kearney said the British government could help get the Haass proposals on dealing with parading, flags and the past back on track.

“We want a better future for our children and ourselves based upon equality, respect and democracy. We want that for everyone.

“We all lived through a terrible past, and that must not be allowed to define our future.

“So, Sinn Fein endorsed the Haass compromises, because they were in the wider interests of our society. The Irish government has agreed they represent the best way forward; and the US administration also shares that view.

“The British government now needs to say the same; the British government needs to get on to the same page as the rest of us,” he said.

Mr Kearney also said there is no alternative to the Haass process and warned that a political vacuum could form unless agreement is reached.

“The British government has to reengage with the Peace Process. It should immediately and unambiguously support the Haass compromises, and call for their implementation.

“However, the prevarication and intransigence of political unionism is also no longer sustainable. That too must end.

There is no alternative to the implementation of the Haass compromises or the exercise of real power sharing.

“It is not acceptable for unionist and orange extremists to continue exerting a veto over political progress, power sharing, and the viability of the political institutions,” he said.

He also paid tribute to the Magherafelt councillor, describing him as “a pioneer of modern republican strategy.”

“John created the foot print for the political and electoral strength Sinn Féin enjoys locally today. He was an incredibly important leader particularly in relation to the electoral strategy and, the abstentionist debate in 1986.”

 

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