Martin criticises Nesbitt and Kenny over talks and role of Irish government

Interesting report in today’s Irish News about comments from the Fianna Fail leader, Micheal Martin and the UUP leader, Mike Nesbitt.

The paper reports comments from Nesbitt last week saying he was provided with assurances that the Irish  government “would respect the principle of the three-stranded approach”.

“However, the other two strands involve north-south and east-west relations and clearly you cannot consider those matters without input from the Irish government,” the UUP leader said.

However, speaking at the Fianna Fail commemoration at Bodenstown on Sunday, the Fianna Fail leader, Michael Martin, criticised the UUPs attitude and the alledged commitment given by the Taoiseach;

At every point of previous talks we respected the primary role of the Northern parties in reaching agreements concerning arrangements in the assembly and executive — but we never agreed to be completely excluded from discussions.

“The agreement was between the parties, but the Irish government had a legitimate and positive role to play,” he said.

Martin argues that the Irish government are a “full guarantor” of the Good Friday Agreement and should not be relegated to the role of “some interested onlooker.” He believes that the Unionist parties know that there is no hidden agenda from Dublin and that the accepted principle of consent is a protection for them.

The Fianna Fail leader called on Enda Kenny to make a statement outlining what assurances he gave, alongside a commitment that his government was a “full and active” participant in all elements of the process.

Full report in today’s Irish News…

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  • Ernekid

    In Fairness to Michéal Martin, He’s made the right noises regarding the North. He’s been much better on the Northern brief than Kenny has in government but then Kenny has bigger fish to fry such as the Health budget. Michéal is in direct competition with Sinn Fein and has to look like he cares about the North. I hope Kenny properly engages with the Northern Talks. Dublin has looked away from the North for far too long.

  • Michael-Henry Mcivor

    Just in case no one from Slugger O’Toole knows or in case Michael Martin or Fianna Fáil did not realise -the Bodenstown commemoration is for Wolf Tone- a Irish patriot who so far has no sex allegations made against him- but when a few journalists sober up this morning and read this topic they will have Wolf Tone jumping on every young blade-( because Republican men can’t resist them )-from here to doomsday –

    What Wolf Tone would have thought of a anti Irish person speaking at his monument is another Question-With Fianna Fáil being just a 26 county political party and not a Irish party-

    Again michael Martin says northern party’s despite Sinn Fein being a 32 county party and despite Martin saying that Fianna Fáil would stand for elections in the 6 counties in the future-( another lie )-

  • Alan N/Ards

    I would say that Tone has been spinning in his grave for years as those who have paid lip service to the ideals of the UI men, spoke at Bodenstown. He believed in uniting Catholic, Protestant and dissenter as Irishmen. Many of the speakers have done more to keep them apart than they have to unite them under the name Irishmen.

  • M Finn

    Wolfetone was prepared to kill anyone be they Catholic or Protestant who stood in the way of liberating Ireland from British tyranny.

  • carl marks

    Bit of proof would be nice here, to the best of my knowledge there have never been any accusations of him killing innocents and none of his writings or speech call for or imply that anybody opposed to his beliefs should be killed.
    so as i say some proof please!

  • chrisjones2

    Oh er Michael …have you come out?

  • chrisjones2

    If Wolfe Tone had ever considered PIRA he might have repeated his comments athta

    “if I am rightly informed very great atrocities have been committed on both sides, but that does not at all diminish my regret; for a fair and open war I was prepared; if that has degenerated into a system of assassination, massacre, and plunder I do again most sincerely lament it,”

  • chrisjones2

    PIAR were just prepared to murder anybody

  • chrisjones2

    quite the reverse from what I have ever read

  • carl marks

    not sure what you saying,what did you read?