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DUP behaviour deepens crisis – Adams

20 December, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said the events at Stormont yesterday only served to deepen the crisis and called again on Arlene Foster to step aside while an investigation takes place.

Gerry Adams said:

“The DUP’s handling of this scandal at the Assembly yesterday was a shambles. The approach adopted by the DUP is only deepening the crisis and further undermining the institutions.

“All of this underlines the need for the DUP First Minister to step aside while the investigation is ongoing.  

“Sinn Féin has tabled a motion to get to the truth and restore confidence in the institutions.  That will be debated in the Assembly in January.  This issue is not going away.  The DUP should use the time over the Christmas period wisely and do the right thing.

“The ongoing Renewable Heat Incentive scandal in the north will cost around £400 million over the next 20 years. That is much needed funds that should go to support public services at a time of Tory party cuts.

“Citizens need the truth about how the scheme was designed, implemented and managed, who benefited and why did it take so long to close down.  

“Those responsible for this scandal must be held to account.

“That is why Sinn Féin has called for a robust time-framed, transparent, and independent investigation.” 

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