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SDLP motion was blatant political opportunism - Ní Chuilín

19 December, 2016 - by Carál Ní Chuilín


Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has said the SDLP motion before the Assembly today smacked of blatant political opportunism. 

Ms Ní Chuilín said; 

"Sinn Féin tabled a comprehensive amendment to get to the truth of the RHI scandal and to call on the First Minister to step aside during that process. This amendment was blocked by the DUP speaker. 

"We will now bring forward that amendment as a motion to the Assembly at the first opportunity in January. 

"The SDLP's motion was always going to fail and let the DUP off the hook. It did not deal with the key issues around the RHI scandal. 

"The SDLP voted to keep the RHI scheme open even after it became clear that it was flawed, that it was costing the public purse hundreds of millions of pounds and was potentially corrupt.

"The real test for the SDLP is whether they will support our motion which calls on Arlene Foster to stand aside and the establishment of an independent investigation which is robust and time-limited and led by a judicial figure."

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