26 July 2019
On the BBC’s Good Morning Ulster programme, Michelle O’Neill repeatedly blamed the DUP - Conservative Confidence and Supply Agreement for devolution not being restored.
DUP Spokesman on International Development and Cabinet Office
In response, the DUP’s East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell said,
“Only Sinn Fein could attempt to re-write history in this nonsensical way. The Confidence and Supply Agreement didn’t even exist in March 2017 when SF commenced its boycott of the NI Executive.
When the C&S deal did come into existence a few months later, it delivered an extra £1b for everyone in Northern Ireland. £150m to bring proper broadband to rural areas such as Michelle O’Neill’s constituency and across NI. £60m for hospitals, an extra £10m each year for mental health services and a £16.5m fund to address educational underachievement.
I’m proud to stand over the delivery which our Confidence and Supply Agreement has brought to everyone in Northern Ireland.
Our record compares favourably when set alongside the chaos of SF’s boycott of devolution and refusal to appoint Ministers because it has set a narrow political wish list as a precondition on any Executive being formed.
Michelle O’Neill and her colleagues should stop moving the goal posts, recognise they are the blockage to devolution and engage in a constructive manner so that Ministers can be appointed and decisions about our roads, schools and hospitals can be made.
For our part, we have always been ready to go appoint and Executive without preconditions.”