O’Neill presses British government on urgent need to fund public services, repeal Legacy Act

Sinn Féin Leas-Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill spoke with new British Prime Minister Keir Starmer on Friday and acknowledged the significant victory for the Labour Party.

She said, “We discussed the need to reset British-Irish relations and in particular with our local Executive.

“I strongly made the case for fair funding to be urgently provided for health, education, and public services here.

“The cuts that our people and public services have endured under a Tory government for over a decade must end now.

“I also reiterated the necessity for immediate funding to be released to build Casement Park, allowing us to seize the enormous economic opportunities created by Euro 2028.

“I urged the Prime Minister to follow through on his commitments to bin the Tories’ shameful Legacy Act which has failed victims and survivors .

“I will continue to press the British government on the things that matter most people, delivering for public services and all our communities as we engage in the days ahead.”

Later, she met with the new British Secretary of State Hilary Benn and told him that there is an urgent need for fairer funding and investment in public services in the north.

Michelle O’Neill was speaking after a party delegation, including Economy Minister Conor Murphy and Pat Cullen MP, met Hilary Benn at Hillsborough Castle on Saturday.

Michelle O’Neill said, “Today I led our Sinn Féin delegation to meet with the new British Secretary of State, Hilary Benn. We strongly made the case for fair funding to invest in health, education and public services, the building of Casement Park to host Euro 2028, and the repealing of the Legacy Act.

“We also urged the British Government to respect our right to self-determination as support for constitutional change grows. People here are increasingly looking towards the future and to a new Ireland that ensures the best opportunities in life for everyone who calls our island home.

“We strongly made the case for fair funding to be provided urgently for health, education and public services here.

“The cuts our people and public services have endured under the Tories must end now.

“We also reiterated the need for immediate funding to be released to build Casement Park. This would allow us to seize the enormous economic opportunities created by Euro 2028.

“The British government must embrace the principles of rigorous impartiality, and respect the provisions in the Good Friday Agreement for constitutional change.

“We also called on the British Secretary of State to follow through on previous commitments to scrap the Tories’ shameful Legacy Act ,which has failed victims and survivors.

“We will meet Keir Starmer in the days ahead and we will continue to press the British government on the things that matter most to people, investment in public services, which deliver for all.”