Monica Digney, the Aontú candidate for West Belfast, has hit out at Sinn Féin for attempting to pretend that it is a different party to the one that carved-up power in Stormont with their supposed enemies in the DUP for ten years.

Monica Digney stated:

“During this campaign Sinn Féin has tried to claim that it supported NHS nurses. In fact, while in power Michelle O’Neill and her party supported the Tory refusal to improve the wages and conditions for nurses.

“Sinn Féin has also dishonestly distorted Peadar Toibín’s reference to the Irish Language Act to claim that Aontú is somehow opposed to the promotion of the language. Not only is that false, but overlooks the fact that Acht na Gaeilige was clearly not a priority for Sinn Féin during its long years in a cosy relationship with the DUP. It was too busy creating schemes for the mutual advancement of themselves and their friends.

“I could go on further about welfare reforms, cuts to education, the failure to secure employment for areas of social deprivation, Sinn Féin’s institutionalisation within Stormont and their collaboration in the introduction of abortion-on-demand to the north.

“Like other nationalist parties in the past which have accepted Partition, but unlike them in actually being part of its administration, Sinn Féin did nothing within the Stormont Executive to advance the cause of Irish unity.”