The Sinn Féin Negotiator was commenting after Karen Bradley also indicated that she intends to bring forward a Stormont budget for the third consecutive year.
“I don’t think there is a single person who will actually believe Karen Bradley’s claim that restoring our political institutions is her government’s top priority,” the Newry Armagh MLA said.
“Clearly that is not the case or she might actually have brought forward some credible proposals for addressing the impasse. It is now the responsibility of the two governments to fulfil their responsibility as co-guarantors of the Good Friday and St Andrews Agreements, to honour outstanding commitments, and to deliver rights enjoyed by everyone else on these islands.
“She has routinely failed to do that because her government’s priority is not to restore the institutions, it is to cling to power and protect their pact with the DUP.
“Her government continues to treat the public with contempt by prioritising its own survival over the rights of people here to equality and the institutions of the Good Friday Agreement. That is evident from her government’s approach to Brexit and to the non-existent attempts to restore power-sharing.
“The British Secretary of State has now indicated that she will move to implement a budget to finance public services here.
“What she should be doing is addressing the rights issues in partnership with the Irish government through the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference to facilitate the restoration of the political institutions on the basis of equality.