British Ambassador Will Invited to the Oireachtas to Discuss the Gutting of the Good Friday Agreement
The Oireachtas Good Friday Committee has agreed to the Aontú proposal to invite the British Ambassador and the Taoiseach to discuss the collapse of the Executive & the Boycott of the North-South Ministerial Council`
An Teachta Tóibín: “The Good Friday Agreement has been gutted. The North South Ministerial Council is not functioning. The Executive is not functioning. It is outrageous that the DUP, as a minority party, has done so much damage to an international agreement that had the support of 85% of the island of Ireland. This is not theoretical problem. There are 44,000 people on housing waiting lists. There are 260,000 people on health waiting lists for over 1 year. Families are hammered by the cost of living crisis. 300,000 people are in poverty, Abortion until birth has been introduced and victims and survivors of violence in the troubles are being threatened with a British amnesty. Yet the political intuitions have been gutted of any ability to help these real human crisis”.
“Whats incredible is, no other political party in Ireland other than Aontú is pushing for reform of the political institutions. The policy of the establishment is to limp on and hope for the best. I don’t imagine that that’s the policy of anyone on a housing or a health waiting list currently. Or those being crushed by the cost of living crisis. In spite of legal action to compel the functioning of the intuitions successive Tory governments and the DUP still refuse to implement the agreement. Even now Unionist political parties in the Assembly Elections, are refusing to allow a functioning executive after the election and to allow a Nationalist First Minister regardless of how many votes they get. This is an effective boycott of law and democracy. At what point, do we say this is enough?”
“The Irish and British Governments are co guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement. They have a responsibility to ensure that its being implemented. They are not doing their job. This needs to be called out. Aontú today proposed that the British Ambassador, Taoiseach and the Minister for Foreign Affairs come before the GFA committee and answer questions. We welcome that the GFA Committee has supported our proposal”.