Abortion rights in NI 'blocked by deal with DUP' says Sinn Fèin

Party leader Michelle O’Neill says price of May partnership with Democratic Unionists is denial of women’s rights

Abortion in Northern Ireland is being blocked by Theresa May’s deal with the DUP, Sinn Féin’s leader, Michelle O’Neill, said, blaming the party’s confidence deal with the Conservatives for holding back women’s rights.

After meeting the Northern Ireland secretary, Karen Bradley, O’Neill said she was convinced the government was unwilling to move on the issue because of the deal with the Democratic Unionists, whose MPs support May’s minority government.

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