Jesus, the standard of journalism in this country really isn't up to much. Take todays statement from Sinn Féin regarding the St Andrews agreement.
According to Breaking News
"Sinn Féin members approve St Andrews Agreement"
Was there an Ard Fheis and someone forget to tell me?
"Sinn Féin was mandated by its members today to fully support the St Andrews Agreement"
What utter crap! Only an Ard Fheis can mandate the leadership.
If they had bothered to read the statement they would see that we are a long way from being able to support the St Andrews agreement in full.
Here is the full text of motion passed by Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle, I have highlighted the important bits.
“The Ard Chomhairle notes the report on its consultation process and onrecent discussions between the party negotiation team and the two governments.This includes the concerns raised, the progress made and the work still ongoing.
We believe that the process set out at St. Andrews has the potential to deliver the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement and to bring about the restoration of the power-sharing and all-Ireland political institutions.
However, there are elements in the document set out by the two governments,which require further work to keep them in line with the Good FridayAgreement.
There are ongoing negotiations in relation to a number of core issues which have yet to be resolved.
Subject to delivery of these issues the commitments set out in the governments’ St. Andrews statement could represent a way forward.
The Ard Chomhairle mandates the party President and national Officer Board to pursue all of this and to report back to the Ard Chomhairle.
We reiterate our view that the issue of policing and justice is a matter for the two governments and all the political parties. Issues to be agreed include a timeframe for the transfer of powers and a model for the department on policing and justice.
Sinn Fein is committed to bring an end to decades of repressive and sectarian policing.We reject any role for MI5 in Ireland or in civic policing.
We want to see democratically accountable civic policing and we will continue to work until we achieve this. “
I would agree with the statement from the Ard Chomhairle and to paraphrase another political party.
A lot done, more to do!