Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald has said DUP chief Arlene Foster is someone her get together could “do organization” with.
The get together’s recently elected leader produced the comments in an interview with Sky’s Ireland correspondent David Blevins, adhering to her election at a specifically-organized ard fheis on Saturday.
Asked about the condition of negotiations to restore the energy-sharing govt in Northern Ireland, Mrs McDonald mentioned “the concerns are distinct, the concerns are resolvable”.
“I mean, very bluntly, that it is not a sustainable situation to argue that citizens can have relationship equality in the southern jurisdiction in Eire, and in England and Wales and in Scotland. And somehow the north of Eire continues to be cut off from this. And citizens living in the north of Ireland are denied that standard correct.
“I hope there will be an settlement and sure I consider we can do business with Arlene Foster.”
The new Sinn Fein president also mirrored on the prospective menace Brexit poses to the peace procedure in Northern Ireland.
“I do not see us returning to the situation that fed this kind of a lengthy, protracted and deep conflict. No I really do not,” she explained.
“However I am mindful that on the floor in the north more than the previous yr or so there has been a level of polarisation that I regard as really hazardous.”
On Irish unity, Mrs McDonald explained it was some thing her celebration aimed to secure a referendum on, which it hoped to acquire, but that this need to be carried out in “an atmosphere of consensus. The greatest consensus achievable”.
She was also quizzed about her views on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, with host Blevins mentioning he had described her as “cranky”.
Requested for one particular phrase to described Mr Varadkar, Mrs McDonald settled on “smarmy”, noting the reference he had created to Enjoy Actually during a go to to Downing Road, and his penchant for vibrant socks.
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