‘Unionist ultimatum on parade holding talks to ransom’ – Murphy

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Friday, October 24th, 2014
Speaking from the ongoing all Party Talks at Stormont Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy has said that the unionist ultimatum over an Orange Order parade in North Belfast continues to hold the talks to ransom. The Newry & Armagh Sinn Féin MP said, “We are in the second week of preparatory talks and to date we have no agenda, no timetable, no programme of work or no structure for chairing.” Murphy also expressed concerns that there wasn’t a credible talks process. “Sinn Féin told the two governments that we are concerned that we don’t have a credible talks process. “The British Secretary of State continues to engage with the DUP on the issue of the North Belfast Orange Order parade. “The British government is clearly playing political footsy with the DUP under the table. We made it clear to Theresa Villiers that is a mistake on her behalf and it’s the wrong way to go about this process. Murphy added, “Sinn Féin have held talks with both governments, the Alliance and the SDLP and agreed a meeting with the UUP.”
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