‘Discrimination and sectarianism can have no place in new Executive’ - Ní Chuilín
The DUP’s refusal to share power on the basis of equality is blocking key government reforms from taking place, Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has said.
The North Belfast MLA was commenting after the Head of the Civil Service said the power-sharing institutions need re-established in order to progress reforms on social housing, health and education.
“The Head of the Civil Service is absolutely right when he says we need the institutions back in place,” the Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson said.
“It is disgraceful that we still do not have an administration up and running as a direct result of the DUP’s refusal to share power on the basis of equality.
“One of the areas cited by the head of the Civil Service was social housing and I very much welcome his focus on that because it is a key example of why we need power-sharing institutions that function on the basis of equal treatment.
“In the last Assembly, the DUP actively blocked the building of social housing in North Belfast - homes that would have been allocated to Catholic families. There can be no return to that kind of government.
“Objective need - not sectarianism or party politics - must be the criteria by which a new Executive administers policy and resources.
“The DUP’s ongoing refusal to recognise that basic reality is why we still do not have institutions in place. The majority of the other parties and MLA’s all accept that equality of treatment must be central to any new administration. Institutions that are not built on solid foundations of equality and rights for all are not sustainable. The sooner the DUP accept that, the sooner we can see the institutions restored.”