8 January 2017
DUP First Minister must stand aside over RHI or Sinn Féin will act to ‘bring unacceptable state of affairs to an end’
Speakers from the floor reflected nationalist frustration with the DUP’s actions in what is supposed to be a partnership government
IF DUP First Minister Arlene Foster does not stand aside – “without prejudice, pending a preliminary report” by an independent investigation to the Renewable Heat Incentive scandal – then Sinn Féin “will bring this ongoing and totally unacceptable state of affairs to an end”, Gerry Adams told several hundred activists in Belfast on Saturday.
The Sinn Féin leader told the crowd in the Felons’ Club that Sinn Féin will not be backing down from this position.
Speakers from the floor reflected nationalist frustration with the DUP leader and her party’s actions in what is supposed to be a partnership government.
The DUP’s consistent and bigoted attacks on the Irish language, its cutting of Líofa Irish-language bursaries for young people while restoring funding for unionist marching bands, its refusal to address legacy issues, and the party’s high-handed refusal to properly deal with the RHI furore have damaged the Stormont institutions and undermined public confidence in the Executive, speakers said.
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