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Tuesday 16 September 2014

McGuinness blames Dublin and London for North 'inertia'

Noel McAdam

Published 01/09/2014 | 02:30

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Sinn Fein deputy leader Martin McGuinness. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Sinn Fein deputy leader Martin McGuinness. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

MARTIN McGuinness has blamed the governments in Dublin and London for "facilitating political inertia" in the North.

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The Stormont Deputy First Minister also insisted the United States administration must reassert its influence in the political process.

He added: "The two governments need to be champions for progress not, as they have been over the recent past, facilitators of inertia."

Mr McGuinness pointed out that his power-sharing partners, the Democratic Unionist Party, have threatened the Stormont institutions three times over recent months.

He traced the deteriorating relationship between the two parties to an "inability" of unionists to accept a decision by Belfast City Council to switch from year-round displays of the Union flag.

He was speaking in Derry to mark the 20th anniversary of the Provisional IRA's ceasefire.

Irish Independent

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