YFG International Committee Statement on the Northern Ireland crisis

“A culture of endless negotiation has become embedded and, without a vision of a shared society to sustain it, the peace process has lost the power to inspire” – the Community Relations Council, Belfast.

In the not too distant past, the world looked to Northern Ireland as a beacon of hope for peace when the Good Friday Agreement was implemented. Today, the world looks on as the fragile foundations of power sharing are seemingly crumbling. In light of this worsening situation, YFG calls for responsible governance from all parties and stakeholders. Politicians from all spectrums in the region need to consider their duty and responsibility to society as elected officials. The challenge to political parties is to demonstrate leadership to save the assembly but unfortunately the response at the moment is minor, weak-willed and fails the electorate. A reluctance to concede and make tough decisions is endangering the stability of the community and above all, is neglectful of citizens. A culture of mistrust combined with a narrow focus on the minor details is putting the big picture of peace and cohesion at risk.

Therefore, the YFG International Committee calls for:

1. The Irish government to actively engage in negotiations and mediation.

2. Full support for the PSNI investigation into the murder of Kevin McGuigan.

3. A stronger and more independent Stormont committee system that can ensure greater scrutiny of the Executive and consequently better governance.

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