Way Forward For CSI is Through Consensus – Ruane

SOUTH Down Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane, has said that the way forward on the Cohesion, Sharing and Integration strategy (CSI) is to achieve consensus on the complex issues that remain unresolved.
Speaking in the Assembly, Ms Ruane said: “It is everyone’s belief that need to get the CSI strategy right. In order to do so we need to get consensus on the complex issues that remain unresolved. The discussion surrounding these important issues will continue. “The Executive is the place to present documents or ideas such as those from Alliance today and this is also the place where these discussions must be had. “There are complex issues out there including integrated education, interfaces, parades, dealing with the past, identity and symbols to name a few. “We need to reach consensus on these issues to move forward. “As we have seen from recent events there is the need for a full debate about what we mean by equality, respect, parity of esteem or mutual understanding. Sinn Féin is up for this discussion, the question is are the other parties?”