19 February 2018
DUP Leader Arlene Foster MLA said,
“During a telephone call this afternoon, I asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to not only set a budget but also take key decisions impacting on our schools, infrastructure and hospitals.
Frontline staff have been living hand to mouth for too long. The Northern Ireland people deserve better. School principals, hospital managers and infrastructure planners have been in limbo for months unsure of budgets and unable to get ministerial direction.
I am not prepared to allow this to continue. Decisions need to be taken.
We will be raising this issue again in Parliament tomorrow. I will also be meeting the Prime Minister later this week where I will affirm our commitment to devolution but not at any price.
I wanted a devolved government. I stand ready to form one tomorrow without any pre-conditions. Sinn Fein has been refusing to form a government for over 400 days until they have their own party political matters addressed.”