08 April 2019
DUP Leader Rt. Hon. Arlene Foster MLA has said Sinn Fein is prioritising a divisive border poll over the vital Bengoa health reforms.
Arlene Foster was speaking as the deadline for nominating Local Government candidates passed.
Commenting Mrs Foster said,
“The DUP manifesto for these Local Government elections will encourage Councils to play their part in the promotion of public health, something highlighted in the Bengoa report. Instead of getting back into Stormont and implementing Bengoa, Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill, a former Health Minister, seem obsessed with a divisive border poll and their own narrow agenda.
They have their “Bs” mixed up.
Boasting that the “unionist majority is gone” also gives a clear insight into Sinn Fein’s attitude towards working with others, whether that is in Council chambers or in Stormont.
The Sinn Fein approach towards unionism was encapsulated by the “England get out of Ireland banner” for which Mary Lou McDonald was eventually forced to apologise for.
I want to see all parties back in Stormont immediately. In its absence, our local Councils are the only functioning local democratic structures within Northern Ireland. Sinn Fein will persuade no-one that a united Ireland will work for them when they block the return of Stormont, refuse to do their job at Westminster and they appear determined to bring this same approach to Council chambers.
Whilst Sinn Fein focus on a divisive border poll, the DUP will get on with using our influence in Westminster to deliver more money to tackle waiting lists and improve our mental health services.”