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Ní Chuilín meets Alliance on RHI debacle and Speaker

22 December, 2016 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sinn Féin Chief Whip Carál Ní Chuilín and Pat Sheehan MLA met with Alliance whip Kellie Armstrong today to discuss the political crisis triggered by the RHI scheme.

Carál Ní Chuilín also made it clear that the position of the Speaker Robin Newton was untenable following Monday’s debacle in the Assembly.

Carál Ní Chuilín said:

“Sinn Féin has written to the local political parties requesting meetings to discuss the current crisis. So far only the Alliance Party and the Greens have responded to our request, others apparently are already in holiday mode.

“We are calling on them to back the Sinn Féin motion, which will come before the Assembly in January, calling on the First Minister Arlene Foster to step aside during an independent investigation into RHI.

“Public confidence in the political institutions has taken an absolute hammering as a result of the disastrous RHI scheme, its potential cost of hundreds of millions of pounds to the taxpayer and DUP infighting about who was responsible.

“We met the Alliance Whip Kellie Armstrong today and called on the Alliance Party to back the Sinn Féin motion.

“That motion calls for a robust, time-framed independent investigation led by a judicial figure into RHI and calls on Arlene Foster to step aside until a preliminary report is made into this mess.

"We also discussed the position of the Speaker following Monday’s shambolic and partisan proceedings in the Assembly.

“He has undermined the integrity and the impartiality of the Speaker’s office and Sinn Féin believes his position is untenable.”

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