01 March 2019
Speaking to party members and supporters in Mid Ulster on Friday evening, DUP Leader Arlene Foster MLA said,
“Whether here in Northern Ireland or at Westminster only the Democratic Unionist Party has the “Strength to Deliver”.
Just this week the Secretary of State announced a budget for Northern Ireland which included a further £333million of funding from the DUP’s Confidence and Supply Agreement. This will help tackle waiting lists, assist areas of deprivation, improve mental health services and take forward our ultrafast broadband project. On top of that we ensured a further £140million and ensured that plans for double-digit rate rises were not carried forward.
Whilst the DUP are delivering for households and businesses across every corner of Northern Ireland where are Sinn Fein? They are on the side-lines criticising the priorities in a budget which is only being set at Westminster because Sinn Fein walked away from Stormont.
Whilst Sinn Fein’s demands are holding Northern Ireland to ransom, the DUP is delivering on the demands from ordinary people across every part of Northern Ireland who want to see progress in their schools, roads and hospitals.
Sinn Fein may have a list of demands about the Irish language which they need to satisfy a section of their support base but I have a growing list of demands from all over the country from people who want to see progress in their schools, roads and hospitals.
Those people are nationalists, republicans, unionists and those of no constitutional view.
As we move closer towards the date on which the United Kingdom will leave the European Union, only the DUP has the strength to deliver. We will work with the Prime Minister and anyone else necessary to ensure the referendum result is implemented.
The draft Withdrawal Agreement will not work. The Brady amendment demonstrated what will work. The Prime Minister must deliver on the commitments she made to the House of Commons.
We do not want to see a so-called ‘hard border’ between Northern Ireland and the Republic, but equally there cannot be any new border placed down the Irish Sea. In the last few days though we’ve seen that Republic of Ireland policing its own hard border.
Let’s be clear, there is no need for checkpoints on the border, and there is no need for Irish warships impounding Northern Ireland fishing boats.
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Whether in Brussels, London or in Council chambers we will work with others to deliver for the people of Northern Ireland.
It is absolutely true that more votes for DUP candidates equals more seats which equals more influence. That was true at the General Election in 2017 and it will be true at the Council elections in just a few weeks’ time.
We have the strength to deliver. We have a track record of delivery and whilst others appear content on the side-lines, the DUP have a plan to deliver for the future.”