14 May 2018
Commenting on the ruling that the Permanent Secretary did not have legal power to approve the Hightown incinerator proposal DUP Leader Arlene Foster said,
“The judgement highlights the senselessness of Sinn Fein blocking devolved government. It is not advancing a political cause but simply punishing everyone in Northern Ireland by leaving decisions in limbo. Four out of five parties would restore devolution today. Sinn Fein is the only roadblock. It’s time for that Party to step back and consider the cost.
The DUP delivered a £1b package through our confidence and supply deal. Much of that money requires Ministerial decisions. The Government should move ahead and get arrangements in place to allow Ministerial decisions to be made. I am a devolutionist. I want to see local decision makers in place but Northern Ireland needs decisions properly made whether about mental health, hospital reforms, broadband or the green light for new roads.”