O’Neill ready to resume Stormont talks after election

Sinn Féin’s leader Michelle O’Neill has said she is ready to resume negotiations on Monday with the aim of restoring devolved government in Northern Ireland after this “watershed election”.

Speaking at a press conference in Derry, the Mid-Ulster MLA said her party will meet the Irish Government on Monday, as well as the party leaders in the North. She said Sinn Féin is keen to re-enter the Stormont executive.

“It’s important that we get back to dealing with the issues, important that we get back to discussing the way forward but again we thank the electorate for returning a strong Sinn Féin team,” said Ms O’Neill.

Ms O’Neill said her party wants to give people the positive government they have voted for.

“We’re ready to go. We know we can get back to power sharing. We want to lead our team into the executive. We want to get back to the principles of the Good Friday Agreement. 

“We want positive government and people have asked for positive government but they’ve asked for government that has equality, respect and integrity at its core,” she said.

Speaking at the same press conference, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said it is up to DUP leader Arlene Foster to meet his party halfway in discussions.

He said power-sharing cannot be restored until all of the outstanding issues have been resolved.

“We wish them well. They had a good election, we had a good election. We want to deliver, I’m sure Michelle and our team will deliver, [it’s] up to Arlene whether she’s going to deliver, we will meet her halfway but the issues have to be resolved before the institutions are put back in place,” said Mr Adams.

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