East Belfast MP Naomi Long has welcomed the Prime Minister showing a strong commitment to a shared future for Northern Ireland but warned both the British and Irish Governments need to show leadership in helping our society reach that goal.
Alliance MP Mrs Long was speaking after quizzing David Cameron during Prime Minister’s Questions today (Wednesday), which followed a meeting earlier this week between the Prime Minister and Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
Mrs Long said the upcoming anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement provided an impetus to guarantee the good work that made it was not lost.
“As we approach the 15th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, clear challenges remain in terms of delivering on its potential and the commitments contained within it. Devolution may be in place but many of the Agreement’s promises on areas such reconciliation, unequivocal support for the rule of law and the structures of justice, and promotion of integrated housing and education remain unfulfilled.
“In addition, dealing comprehensively with the past remains a reserved matter and as such, I questioned the Prime Minister to outline for the House the role he saw for both the British and Irish Governments, as joint custodians of the Agreement, to ensure that progress is made and we are able to enjoy a shared, stable and prosperous future for everyone in Northern Ireland.”