Sinn Féin committed to returning to election of Executive
Commenting after his bid to have a First and Deputy First Minister elected today in the Assembly was rejected by the DUP leader Ian Paisley, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said:
“Today I proposed Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness for the positions of First and Deputy First Minister.
“The DUP rejected this initiative and have instead continued with their policy of publicly criticising the British Direct Rule Ministers for their decisions while at the same time refusing to put them out of office by agreeing to share power with the rest of us on the basis of equality and respect. Sinn Féin is committed to returning to the job of electing an Executive at the earliest opportunity. Today’s rejection by the DUP of power sharing is not the end of this process.
“The antics of Mr Paisley and his party today do however place a huge responsibility onto the shoulders of the two governments. The DUP cannot simply sit back and continue to say ‘No’ forever. If it becomes obvious that the DUP are unwilling to share power then the two governments must scrap the current Assembly, stop the MLAs salaries and move ahead building the political process through implementing all of the other outstanding aspects of the Agreement.” ENDS