'DUP need to clarify if they're serious about agreement' - Maskey
Responding to DUP MP Sammy Wilson's remarks in today's Belfast Newsletter where he called for direct rule to be introduced, Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey said:
"We in Sinn Féin believe a resolution to the current political breakdown is possible if the will is there from all parties, but the DUP leadership needs to clarify whether they are serious about an agreement or not, given this latest rant from Sammy Wilson.
"No resolution will not involve a return to Direct Rule.
“It has failed in the past and will fail again because the only democratic vehicle consistent with the Good Friday Agreement is equal partnership government based on parity of esteem and respect, which commands public confidence and can deliver public services, jobs and bring about a step change in a new political era
"That's what Sinn Féin are about delivering. And the time is now."