10 April 2019
A number of DUP MPs pressed the Secretary of State today on the return of devolution of Northern Ireland. The comments came at Northern Ireland Questions in Parliament where it was made clear that the DUP would restore the Assembly immediately and without preconditions whilst Sinn Fein continue to block progress.
DUP Parliamentary Spokesman on Education, Treasury and the Department of Work & Pensions.
East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson said,
“Over two years ago Sinn Fein collapsed Stormont and since then they have been fixated on demands for a border poll and on stirring up tensions in Northern Ireland at the expense of people who want to see decisions taken on health, education, roads and the issues which actually matter.
Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill need to realise that whilst the Irish language may be important to a section of the electorate, hospitals and schools matter to every. They should lift their boycott and get back to making Stormont work.
The people of Northern Ireland should not be punished because of Sinn Fein’s opposition to Stormont.”
East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson added,
“The Secretary of State will be well aware that four of the five main parties at Stormont would restore devolution without preconditions. The DUP stands ready to appoint Ministers immediately to deal with the growing number of issues impacting upon all our constituents.
Sinn Fein are the only political party that is allowing political prejudice to get in the way of progress in Northern Ireland.
At the end of a time-bound talks process the Secretary of State should re-call the Assembly and put parties to the test. Every party must show clearly whether they are working in the public’s interest or in their own self-interest.”