Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay said today that the delay in concluding the June Monitoring Round lay four square at the door of the DUP.
Daithí McKay said:
“Sinn Féin has been attempting, without success, to get the DUP to agree the June Monitoring Round for two weeks now. We have committed a dedicated team to this so that we can reach an urgent conclusion on this issue.
“But this cannot be based on a unilateral DUP imposition of an arbitrary £87m in Tory cuts in a routine monitoring round. Tory cuts are a political issue that should be separated out and dealt with by the Executive collectively.
“The June Monitoring Round can and should be agreed quickly and the money made available for the work of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry and for the large number of other projects affected.
“Unfortunately the DUP have been more focused on their ‘graduated response’ to contentious parades and pan unionist alliances than with the important work of government and defending public services.
“The DUP need to enter into immediate and urgent discussions with Sinn Fein so that we can quickly conclude the June Monitoring exercise. Media diplomacy and macho-posturing is no alternative to real and meaningful discussions."