McDonald: “The whole purpose of these negotiations is to see product…”

Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald has just said that the DUP has not yet stepped up to the plate in the discussions for the securing the future of the devolved institutions.

“There is not yet an indication from the DUP that they are ready to step up to the plate and meet their commitments. Bear in mind the St Andrews Agreement is now three years old. The process we have been involved in is one of completion and not one of re-negotiation.”

“Our Ard Comhairle will meet on Saturday they will be formally briefed..

“We want this to work. There is now an obligation on all of us, but particularly the DUP, to step up to the plate and meet their commitments and make this work.

“We will not operate on the basis of preconditions and all other matters have been agreed from three years ago at St Andrews.”

I then asked her whether the DUP produced any product as demanded by Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams. She replied:

“That’s what we need to see. The whole purpose of these negotiations is to see product”.