15 February 2019
DUP Leader Arlene Foster MLA and DUP MEP Diane Dodds met the Northern Ireland Secretary of State alongside other parties to discuss the restoration of devolution.
DUP Leader Arlene Foster said, “We will work to restore devolution. It is better for Northern Ireland to have local people making local decisions.
Four of the five main parties would nominate Ministers today. Since March 2017, Sinn Fein has refused to form an Executive unless their pre-conditions about the Irish language are met. That is the politics of ransom. The consequences of this for our hospitals, schools and roads are clearly evident. Northern Ireland’s civil service cannot continue in a state of limbo.
Eighteen months ago, we offered a compromise of restoring the institutions and having a time limited parallel talks process. This offer still stands.”