16 May 2018
During Prime Ministers Questions in the House of Commons, DUP Deputy Leader Rt. Hon. Nigel Dodds MP pressed the Prime Minister on the need for Ministerial decision making for Northern Ireland.
DUP Deputy Leader, Leader of the DUP Parliamentary Party, Spokesman on Reform and Constitutional issues and Foreign Affairs
Speaking afterwards Mr Dodds said,
“Having no functioning Ministers continues to cause havoc for people living here. Civil servants are trying to run Northern Ireland but in many cases big decisions and reforms are being left in limbo.
Whilst the Prime Minister reiterated her desire to see a functioning Executive, Sinn Fein continues to block progress. Four out of the five main parties would fully restore the Executive today. Sinn Fein have no interest and have checked out of decision-making.
It is welcome that the Government will continue to work with all parties to see Stormont up and running but the ball is firmly in Sinn Fein’s court. We have been reminded again this week that Northern Ireland cannot continue to be run by civil servants. It’s time Sinn Fein for to face up to the reality. They stand alone. They can’t play games with people’s lives. Northern Ireland needs proper governance.
Sinn Fein may not like Ministerial decisions being made in London but if they continue to block devolution then there are very few alternatives.”