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Sinn Féin to table motion of no confidence in DUP Speaker - Ní Chuilín

10 January, 2017 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín will bring a motion of no confidence in DUP Assembly Speaker Robin Newtown to the Assembly's business committee today. 

Ms Ní Chuilín said; 

"I will be bringing forward a motion of no confidence in DUP Speaker Robin Newtown to the Assembly's business committee today. His position is now untenable and he needs to resign. 

"Public confidence in the political institutions has already been severely undermined by DUP arrogance. We cannot allow that to continue.

"Arlene Foster's refusal to step aside over her party's handling of the RHI scandal created a crisis of confidence in the political institutions. 

“On December 19th Sinn Féin tabled a motion for discussion in the Assembly which was to be heard next Monday. This motion has now been overtaken by the decisive action of Martin McGuinness with his resignation as deputy First Minister and in doing so, effectively removed Arlene Foster as First Minister. 

"As a result, Sinn Féin has now withdrawn our motion on RHI, which was due to be debated next week.

“We remain committed to the need for an independent investigation, which is robust, time framed and led by a judicial figure. Those responsible for the RHI fiasco must be held to account.

“There would be no credible independent investigation into RHI with Arlene Foster in post as First Minister.

“We must minimise the potential loss of £500m as a result of the misuse of public funds in the RHI debacle.

“After seven months the DUP Economy Minister Simon Hamilton has failed to bring forward any credible plan to do this to the Finance Minister MáirtÍn Ó Muilleoir.

"Like Arlene Foster, Robin Newtown's behaviour as Speaker in the debate on RHI further undermined the integrity of the Speaker’s Office and the joint nature of the Executive Office.”

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