Murphy calls for united effort to challenge British government austerity
Sinn Féin's Conor Murphy has called for a united effort from the Executive parties to challenge the austerity agenda of the British government.
Mr Murphy said;
"The austerity policies of the Tory government with their cuts to public services have created political instability and have the potential to undermine the peace and political processes
"There is still work to do to consolidate the peace process and the approach of this British government is not helping.
“The British Treasury has signalled that further budget raids are likely. Any discussion on a budget has to recognise that.
“We have been repeatedly asked Theresa Villiers for a breakdown of those proposed cuts, including at today’s talks, and thus far we have not received an answer.
“The reality is that if we agree a budget – fantasy or otherwise – it could be further undermined by in-year cuts imposed by the British treasury.
"There is money in the system to protect the most vulnerable in our society. Instead however, the Tory cabinet of millionaires in London is choosing to spend up to £23billion on nuclear submarines and giving tax breaks of £14 billion to landlords while tax evasion still runs at £30 billion.
"That is money that could be spent on core frontline public services such as health, education and welfare.
"What is required is a united effort from the Executive parties to challenge the austerity agenda of the Tory government to protect the most vulnerable."