DUP should end support for Tory cuts to public services - O'Dowd
Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd said if the DUP was sincere about the problems facing the health service it would end its support for vicious Tory austerity cuts to public services and focus on restoring the political institutions on a sustainable basis.
Sinn Féin MLA John O'Dowd said:
“The DUP brought about the collapse of the political institutions by its mishandling of the RHI scandal, its association with a series of other financial scandals, its refusal to implement previous agreements and its blockade on rights.
"The DUP have also piled the pressure onto our hard-pressed public services by giving the Tory government a blank cheque for its austerity policies and vicious cuts to frontline services.
“If the DUP are serious about tackling the problems facing the health service they would end their support for Tory cuts and focus on restoring the political institutions on the principles of the Good Friday Agreement.
“Sinn Féin wants a new Executive based on the principles of the Good Friday Agreement.
“Locally elected ministers are best placed to run local public services and fight back against the threat of Tory austerity.
“A sustainable Executive requires the implementation of previous agreements and an end to the DUP’s blockade of rights which citizens enjoy everywhere else on these islands.
“If DUP continue to block social progress and rights and won't embrace meaningful power-sharing, then there is an onus on the two Governments to spell out how they will implement previous agreements in accordance with the wishes of citizens of this island, north and south.”