Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has welcomed ‘constructive’ discussions today with the Welsh First Minister, aimed at securing a common approach with Scotland and Wales to ensure maximum decision-making powers in the three Assemblies.
Mr McGuinness was speaking after discussions in Cardiff between the First and deputy First Minister and the Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones.
Martin McGuinness said: “Today’s discussions were very constructive and follow similar talks with Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond earlier this week. It is clear the three Celtic administrations are facing many of the same challenges as a direct result of the British Government’s austerity agenda.
“But there is also clearly a combined will to use our collective strength as effectively as possible to protect the people we represent. And while there are big challenges ahead, there are also opportunities, particularly as a result of the changes to devolution arrangements that are expected to follow the Scottish independence referendum.
“Again there is a need and a willingness to co-operate on areas of commonality in this regard. For my part, I certainly feel the North needs to be seeking the additional powers and economic levers which will enable Executive departments to better serve the people we represent.
“These powers should be in the hands of an Executive elected by and accountable to the people of the North, not a Tory cabinet of millionaires in London who are wedded to an austerity agenda for ideological reasons.”