15 December 2019
DUP Leader Arlene Foster MLA said,
"We will be attending the Talks on Monday. People want decisions made about welfare, hospitals and schools. That was the clear message of the election. Northern Ireland has been deprived of local Ministerial led government for three years.
Central to the Talks must be the sustainability of the institutions so never again can one party hold the rest of Northern Ireland to ransom. Sinn Fein has barred everyone from Government for three years despite other parties willing to take their seats.
We live in a divided society and to move forward will require all the parties to step up to the plate. For my part, we will not be found wanting. Northern Ireland can only move forward when we are prepared to work together.”