Progressive Unionist Party Deputy Leader, Cllr John Kyle responds to the DUP Leader, Arlene Fosters statement this afternoon.
“Northern Ireland has been without a functioning executive for too long, as a result public confidence in the institution has dwindled and our public services and its users have suffered an unforgivable period of unmet need.”
He continued “Mrs Fosters statement has paved the way for the British Government to now exercise its powers and administer a period of Direct Rule. I fully anticipate that the Northern Ireland Secretary of State will set those wheels in motion. I am, however, reminded of my friend and former colleague David Ervines words, “those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it”. And so I’ll take this opportunity to remind our Secretary of State and Her Majesty’s Government, when they will undoubtedly renew calls to restore devolution, of the unhealthy cycle of stop-start politics the Northern Ireland Assembly has experienced in its existence.”
Dr Kyle concluded “The toxic practice of mandatory coalition that has institutionalised sectarianism and brought progress to a standstill on more than one occasion must now come to an end. As set out in the detail of the Good Friday Agreement it is now time the mechanisms and method of governance are reviewed.”