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Speaker should resign with immediate effect – Kearney

6 January, 2017 - by Declan Kearney

South Antrim MLA Declan Kearney said tonight the Speaker Robin Newton should resign with immediate effect.

And he said that Sinn Féin will be lodging a motion of no confidence in the DUP Speaker next Monday. 

Declan Kearney said:

“Sinn Féin will be lodging a motion of no confidence in the Speaker Robin Newton on Monday.

"The most recent revelations concerning his representations for financial support on behalf of Charter NI from a Policing Board fund confirm that his position is untenable.

"The DUP Speaker’s performance in the Assembly on 19 December totally compromised the neutrality of that office.

"The Speaker is now acting as a law onto himself. That is absolutely unacceptable.

“As Speaker he should be above reproach and independently accountable to the political institutions. However, he is acting without regard to the integrity of the office.

“He is now part of the problem and an integral part of the unfolding crisis and he should resign immediately."

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