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Sinn Féin MLA Colm Gildernew has welcomed the start of a review into communication between health trusts and patients on waiting lists.

The party’s health spokesperson said:

“I welcome the start of this review – it’s important that patients who are on waiting lists are regularly informed and updated on their care.

“Sinn Féin are ready to get the Executive up and running now so that we can start to tackle waiting lists by investing an extra £1 billion over the next three years.

“If the DUP are serious about making health a priority and cutting waiting lists, they will end their boycott of the Executive and join with the rest of us who want to make politics work.”


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Eoin Ó Broin TD has spoken on the strategic plan for renewal of the Parks and Wildlife Service in the Dáil this afternoon.

Teachta Ó Broin welcomed the new strategy, but raised concerns how the new CEO of the new enhanced service will be appointed.

The Dublin Mid-West TD said:

“I welcomed the opportunity to speak on the strategic plan for renewal of the Parks and Wildlife Service in the Dáil.

“It is important that the Parks and Wildlife Service has a plan and is fully resourced to operate as an enhanced service in both urban and rural areas.

“Therefore, whoever is appointed as the CEO of the Parks and Wildlife Service, in order to drive the reform agenda, must be appointed via an open competition through the Public Appointments Service.

“The State of the Global Climate report that was published yesterday by the World Meteorological Service painted a frightening picture of how we are failing to tackle the growing threat of climate change.

“Protecting our parks and wildlife and recovering our biodiversity loss to date are important steps that we must take in order to try and make a dent in this task.”


Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has said she is deeply concerned at the announcement of the closure of nine Ulster Bank branches.

The party's economy spokesperson said:

"It is deeply concerning to hear the announcement today of plans by Ulster Bank to close nine branches across the north from September 2022.

"This will firstly be a huge blow to workers in branches affected and my thoughts are with the workers and their families getting this difficult news. 

"I have today asked Ulster Bank for a meeting regarding potential redundancies as a result of the closures; there should be no compulsory redundancies and I stand with unions and workers in opposing this.

"I have also contacted the Financial Conduct Authority in relation to these branch closures and whether the regulator's guidance has been met.

"The announcement of these closures comes on the bank of a swathe of branch closures which is eroding the availability of banking services in small towns and rural areas across the north.

"This has an impact on staff, on customers who don't or can't use digital services and on small local businesses.

"The future of banking services needs to be designed with communities and other service providers, this was highlighted in the recent report of the Banking Roundtable convened by Finance Minister Conor Murphy.

"Sinn Féin will continue to challenge the rationale for these closures and the loss of services this will have on small towns and the communities they serve.”


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Social Protection, Claire Kerrane TD, has said that workers and families cannot wait until the Budget in five months’ time for action on the growing cost of living crisis. 

Speaking following the latest report by TASC, Teachta Kerrane said:

“The TASC Report to be published this morning is the latest evidence of the need for Government action on the growing cost of living crisis. 

“The TASC Report concludes that given the significant increases in energy prices it is very likely that energy poverty has increased considerably in 2022. 

“We know that 17.5% of households spent 10% or more on energy costs in 2020 - the very definition of energy poverty as per the Government’s now outdated ‘Strategy to combat Energy Poverty’.

“Interestingly, TASC also put the spotlight on potential profits made by energy providers and recommend the Government not only investigate this but also consider a possible tax on excess profits of providers.

“Today’s report comes ahead of the Cost of Living Coalition protest taking place outside the Dáil at 1pm today calling for action on the cost of living crisis.  

“Workers and families clearly cannot wait for the October Budget.  

“I again call on the Minister for Social Protection to establish a discretionary fund to support households with utility debt as energy prices continue to rise. 

“We also need to see a mini Budget, proposals for which Sinn Féin outlined last February to address the cost of living crisis. Ordinary workers and families need support now. The government must stand up for people hit by the cost of living crisis, instead of ignoring this urgent and growing problem.”


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Climate Action, Darren O’Rourke TD, has said the government’s retrofit plan has not been designed with a just transition in mind, and as a result, will not deliver a fair and equitable outcome.

Teachta O’Rourke’s comments came during a debate on a Just Transition in the Dáil this afternoon.

The Meath East TD said:

“A just transition is a critical component of climate action, but the government are failing to recognise this.

“During the debates on the Climate Act last year, the government rejected Sinn Féin’s amendments that would have defined a just transition and climate justice.

“As a result, the climate act and the policies flowing from it, are weaker, as they fail to meet the bar of equity and fairness. The retrofitting plan is a case in point.

“Under this plan, if you have money, you get more free money to get a warmer home sooner. You’re at the top of the list. For every euro in carbon tax you pay, you are getting a good return.

“If you qualify for a Free Energy Upgrade, 8,000 households are already on the waiting list ahead of you, and there is a huge delay of 27 months to get works done.

“And if you are a renter, or on a low income earning too much to qualify for the free scheme, but not enough to afford the works, like most people, then you are out of luck. You’ll get no return on your carbon tax.

“The National Retrofit Scheme is devoid of equity, is benefiting those with means over those in need, and was not designed with a just transition in mind.

“There is a better, fairer way.

“The government could have started with the national social housing stock. They could have identified those living in fuel poverty or those reliant on solid fuels to heat their homes and started there. Or they could have put an income cap in place, to ensure more money could be targeted at those who need it most.

“They did none of this. There are options in this area, but the government are choosing not to take them.

“A just transition should be at the heart of all government policies, but this is not currently the case.”


Sinn Féin spokesperson for Children Kathleen Funchion TD has welcomed news that over 90% of Early Years and Childcare providers have agreed to freeze fees and sign up to the Government’s new core funding model.

Teachta Funchion said:

"News that 92% of Early Years and Childcare providers have agreed to sign up to the Government's new core funding model shows tremendous goodwill on the part of services throughout the State.

"This shows that despite the significant cost of living pressures facing many providers, they are steadfastly committed to providing high quality early years education and childcare to thousands of families at an affordable level.

"I am calling on the Minister for Children, Roderic O’Gorman, to give a guarantee that providers won’t be left high and dry as costs continue to rise. And a commitment to revisit the funding as staff retention and recruitment, sky-rocketing operational costs and increasing paperwork continue to create severe pressure points for many providers.

"I know personally that many owners/ managers are opting to reduce their own salaries to supplement rising operational costs within their businesses.

"In the past decade the Early Years Education and Childcare workforce have continued to further their qualification levels. This is evident in Pobal’s recent sector report, which shows 97% of staff have a qualification of NFQ level 5 or above.

"It is also vital that the 8% who have not opted for the scheme are contacted by the Department as a priority to see what can be done to encourage them to participate.

"During the first wave of Covid-19 3,900 services signed up to the Temporary Wage Subsidy Childcare Scheme (TWSCS) and subsequent Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS), demonstrating that they wanted to retain their highly qualified workforce.

"Despite today’s welcome news, I strongly believe that there is an alternative for our childcare and early years sector, and I will continue to advocate and push the government to keep this issue top of the political agenda and move Ireland to a publicly funded model."


Sinn Féin MLA Colm Gildernew has said an Executive must be formed to start fixing the health service and invest the extra £1 billion needed to tackle waiting lists and hire health workers.

The party’s health spokesperson called on the DUP to end its boycott of the Executive and get back to work.

Colm Gildernew said:

“We need an Executive up and running today so that we can start to fix the health service – that is the clear call from our health workers.

“To invest an extra £1 billion to tackle lengthy waiting lists, hire more doctors and nurses and fund vital cancer and mental health services.

“If the DUP are serious about making health a priority, they will end their boycott of the Executive and join with the rest of us who want to make politics work.

“Sinn Féin is ready to get down to business today to start investing in the health service and deliver the real change that people voted for.”


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Research, Innovation and Science, Rose Conway-Walsh TD has said that the success of the innovation strategy launched by the government will "require a rebalancing of investment towards the public research system and regional balance". 

Speaking following the launch of 'Impact 2030', Teachta Conway-Walsh said:

"I welcome the launch of a successor strategy for Innovation 2020. 

"The strategy will be judged by its ability to rebalance of our approach to research, and rebalance towards investment in the public research system, the regions and technological sector, and the social sciences.

"We have fallen far behind other countries of comparable means when it comes to investing in research and innovation. This undermines development in our economy and society. 

"Plans to establish a competitive research fund, while welcome, must be coupled with effective supports to ensure all institutes of higher education increase their research capacity. 

"As things stand, we see huge discrepancies between institutes ability to access competitive research funding.

"Take the Horizon research fund - less than 10 percent goes to institutes of technology and technological universities (53.7m). 

"To highlight the issue further, the institutes of technology that make up the new Atlantic Technological University have won only €1.9 million since 2014. That is just under 0.2 percent of the total Ireland’s total.

"Investment in research needs to benefit all institutes of higher education if we are to see balanced regional development. 

"As well as regional balance we also need to provide greater funding to the public research system. 10 years of underfunding of higher education has had a severe knock-on impact on research and development. 

"At the same time, figures released this month show that €658 million in research and development tax relief was provided to the private sector in a single year. Three quarters of this went to the largest multinationals. 

"The companies are not even required to conduct the research activity in the state in order to be eligible for this tax break and revenue does not collect data on where research is being conducted. 

"At a minimum we need to be ensuring that public funds are used to deepen research and increase expertise in Ireland. 

"Investing in our public research system across all higher education institutes is the best way to achieve greater levels of quality research."


Sinn Féin First Minister Designate Michelle O’Neill has said sub-post mistresses who were caught up in the Post Office scandal are entitled to justice and offered them her full support. 

Speaking after attending the public inquiry hearing in Belfast today, Michelle O’Neill said:

“I want to offer my full support to those who have been through this horrific ordeal. 

“They have been subjected to an enormous miscarriage of justice. They were wrongly accused of theft and fraud because of a flawed computer system. 

“Their lives were turned upside down, their livelihoods destroyed, and I can’t even imagine the impact this had on their mental health and on their families.

“I want to commend them all for their steadfast campaign for the truth; for their bravery in coming forward; for their determination to reclaim their reputation. It has not been an easy journey. 

“They have been through enough and now is the time to hope on the other side of this inquiry that they will have the justice and compensation they deserve.

“I pledge my full support to all the victims of this disgraceful scandal.”


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Eoin Ó Broin TD spoke in the Dáil today on the government’s Croí Cónaithe Cities scheme, where he expressed his alarm at the creation of another crazy pro-developer Fianna Fáil scam.

Teachta Ó Broin said:

“The government is ready to pour €450m of taxpayers’ money to subsidise apartment delivery without any affordability dividend for the purchasers.

“It does not make any sense to provide subsidies of up to €120,000 per unit and up to €144,000 outside of Dublin without offering any market discount for potential buyers.

“A document from the Housing Agency, which has been obtained by Business Post and was reported on last Sunday, shows it is anticipated that the open market value of a two-bed apartment delivered through the scheme will be €390,000. 

“A three-bed apartment is anticipated to have an open market value of at least €450,000.

“Like the other inflationary schemes such as Help to Buy and Shared Equity First Home scheme, these unaffordable prices will be locked in and ordinary people will still not be able to afford to buy a home.

“Furthermore, the Minister knows that the majority of planning permissions for apartment schemes are for build to rent, which strictly speaking shouldn’t be part of his scheme.

“The government cannot continue to throw money at developers instead of providing funding to local authorities and Approved Housing Bodies to deliver genuinely affordable homes to buy.

“Every week the Minister speaks in the Dáil, he dismisses any solutions the opposition bring forward and introduces crazy schemes to line the pockets of developers in a style similar to last time Fianna Fáil were in government.”


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education and TD for Cork South Central, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, has raised in the Dáil today the ongoing delay in providing families whose babies organs were destroyed without their knowledge by Cork University Maternity Hospital with the report of the review group established to find answers as to why this occurred.

Speaking this afternoon, Teachta Ó Laoghaire said:

"In September of last year, an RTÉ Investigates programme concerning the disposal of perinatal organs at CUMH drew outrage and caused untold hurt to the families involved.

"These are all families that lost babies in tragic circumstances and who opted for post-mortem examinations to help them get answers as to why those babies died.

"They signed a consent form saying that organs had to be disposed of in a sensitive manner by burial or cremation; and that they would be contacted before that could happen. That did not occur, and it is a really shocking incident for babies organs to be disposed of along with medical waste.

"In the aftermath of this becoming public knowledge and during statements in the Dáil, the Minister for Health said there would be numerous reviews; and that would be conducted in a timely manner.

"The families involved have now been told for a third time that there will be a delay in furnishing them with the report of the review team; despite the report being completed. That is unacceptable.

"Today I urged the Taoiseach to give an assurance that this will be done immediately and that there will be no further delays."


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Finance Pearse Doherty TD has welcomed news that cabinet has approved the drafting of amendments to rebalance the duty of care.

The Donegal TD noted that this comes nearly one year after the government’s own deadline for this action and has called for reforms that ensure premiums are reduced for struggling policyholders.

Speaking today, Teachta Doherty said:

“Rebalancing the duty of care is crucial to ensure businesses and voluntary groups can access affordable insurance.

“Despite promises by government, the insurance market for small businesses, community and voluntary groups remains in a state of crisis, with many unable to access affordable cover.

“This is threatening the very survival of so many small businesses and sectors across the State.

“The government’s own Action Plan for Insurance Reform committed to making proposals to cabinet to rebalance the duty of care by June 2021.

“That deadline has been missed again and again.

“Today’s news that the government has approved proposals to rebalance the duty of care through changes to the Occupiers’ Liability Act is welcome but long overdue.

“Despite the Personal Injuries Guidelines being in place for more than a year with a significant drop in personal injury awards, insurance premiums for small businesses have continued to rise.

“The government has even delayed my own legislation that would hold the industry to account in passing these savings onto their customers.

“This legislation is now before the Finance Committee and the government should change its position and support it.

“There is no more time for delay.

“It is now crucial that these proposed changes are meaningful and effective, resulting in reduced premiums.

“Sinn Féin will scrutinise these changes once they are published to ensure that small businesses, community and voluntary groups see the changes they desperately need and, crucially, that they benefit from them.”


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Workers’ Rights, Louise O’Reilly TD, has welcomed the admission of officials from the Department of Enterprise, Trade, and Employment that the Tánaiste’s draft remote working bill was "flawed", and that changes will be brought forward.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

"Remote working, or working from home, is not just a response to the pandemic.

"For many years workers, trade unions, and politicians have been highlighting the benefits of remote working and pushing for it to be recognised as a protected form of work with particular safeguards, protections, and allowances for those workers.

"A report on the right to request remote working, published by the Minister for Enterprise, Trade, and Employment, highlighted that workers see remote and hybrid working as key to the future of work.

"Therefore, it was unsurprising that workers were confused and angry that the government’s proposed legislation on a right to request remote working was conservative and fell far short of what was expected.

"The Tánaiste’s 13 sweeping and subjective reasons to allow an employer deny a remote working request were far from fair, reasonable, or proportionate.

"The flawed legislation was exacerbated by the fact the appeal mechanism outlined in the draft heads of bill was far too weak.

"These were issues which Sinn Féin, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, and many others raised when the legislation was first published.

"Thankfully, at the Oireachtas Enterprise, Trade, and Employment Committee this morning, officials from the Department outlined that they are currently strengthening the bill and looking to reduce the number of grounds for refusal, improve the redress provisions, and strengthen the right of appeal mechanisms.

"This legislation will be judged on whether workers have confidence that it compels employers to be fair, reasonable, and consistent in their considerations – unfortunately, as it stands, it does none of these things.

"For the vast majority of workers, remote working throughout the pandemic was a positive experience, however, it stands, the Tánaiste’s remote working bill is one step forward, two steps backwards for workers.

"Therefore, it is essential that the Tánaiste and officials in the Department of Enterprise, Trade, and Employment Committee significantly amend the draft remote working bill to ensure it delivers for workers.”


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health David Cullinane TD has said TDs must take the opportunity to ensure that the National Maternity Hospital is a public hospital on public land.

His comments come amid reports that a vote will be called on his party’s motion this evening about the future of the hospital.

Speaking this morning, Teachta Cullinane said:

“TDs have an opportunity now to do the right thing and back Sinn Féin’s motion to ensure that the National Maternity Hospital is a public hospital on public land. TDs can vote to require the government to engage in high-level talks with St Vincent’s Healthcare Group about serious unresolved issues around land ownership.

“The government’s approach to this issue continues to be deeply alarming. Their deal is legally messy and this government has failed to engage in serious or meaningful discussions, in the words of the Chair of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group, to acquire ownership of the land, and failed to provide adequate assurances that there is no risk to the full range of sexual and reproductive health services in the decades to come.

“I asked the Minister and the Taoiseach several times over the last number of weeks about what efforts are being made to persuade St. Vincent Healthcare Group to gift the land to the State. It also transpired earlier this week that there was no communication from the head of Government, the Taoiseach, with St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group. That is unbelievable given the importance of this issue.

“We are going to lock ourselves into this flawed legal framework for generations to come. The cabinet’s decision yesterday was not the right decision. The women of Ireland deserve better than the dismissive way in which the Health Minister has walked into this mess.

“TDs must do the right thing now and ensure that they back our motion this evening.”


Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has said with the latest figures published today showing inflation soaring to 9%, hitting a 40-year high, the DUP needs to get back into the Executive immediately to put money into people's pockets, to support farmers and businesses, and to agree a budget to start to fix our health service.

The party's economy spokesperson said:

"With inflation soaring to 9%, hitting a 40-year high on the back rising energy, fuel and food costs, it is clear the DUP needs to get back into the Executive and work with other parties to support people struggling with the cost of living crisis. 

"It is a dereliction of duty that the DUP, aided and abetted by Boris Johnson's government, would block the Executive formation and sit outside government while people struggle to put food on the table and heat their homes.

"We need to have ministers in place to take decisions to allocate the £400 million of funding available and put money into people's pockets, support farmers and businesses and to agree a budget to start to fix our health service." 


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health David Cullinane TD has called on the Government to sanction urgent and meaningful engagement with the Medical Laboratory Scientists Association to resolve genuine long-standing pay and career issues.

He said that these issues have been dragging on for over a decade and that Medical Lab Scientists, who are critical to the delivery of normal acute care and were essential to the Covid-19 testing response, have put off strike action time and again.

Teachta Cullinane raised the issues with the CEO of the HSE Mr Paul Reid at the  Health Committee this morning. It was recognised that, if not resolved quickly, further strike actions will impact negatively on achieving waiting list targets, and that sanction from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform is needed to resolve the impasse.

Teachta Cullinane has proposed that the Health Committee engages with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to ensure meaningful engagement and a quick resolution.  

Teachta Cullinane said:

"It is vital that there is urgent and meaningful engagement between the HSE and the Medical Laboratory Scientists Association, supported by the Minister for Health. 

“The Health Committee will engage with the Ministers for Health and Public Expenditure and Reform to ensure meaningful engagement and a quick resolution.

"The Government must sanction honest negotiations with a view to resolving this issue shortly if there is to be any hope of making progress on waiting lists.

"Like many workers in healthcare, there is burn-out among medical scientists and a high number of vacant posts due to recruitment and retention issues.

"Widespread disruptions to health care services, such as cancellations of outpatient appointments and elective procedures, can be avoided with fair and honest dialogue, but have not been avoided today.

"Medical Scientists need a genuine commitment from Government and the HSE to address longstanding concerns.

"It is worth noting that medical scientists have been raising such concerns for years. They avoided industrial action during the pandemic. They worked extremely hard under very difficult circumstances and this must be recognised by the HSE and the Minister.

"Urgent and meaningful engagement is needed to resolve the current impasse and stop further healthcare disruptions.”


Sinn Féin Policing & Justice spokesperson Gerry Kelly said today that the British government’s legacy proposals are a cruel blow to victims and their families, some of whom have been waiting for truth and justice for more than five decades.

And he said that the British State’s attempt to pull down the shutters on citizens attempting to access the courts is akin to the actions of a totalitarian state.

Gerry Kelly said:

“These latest proposals are effectively an amnesty through the back door for British state forces, their intelligence services and agents who murdered Irish citizens during the conflict in Ireland.

“These proposals have been opposed by the victims, their families, by the political parties and by the Irish government.

“It is yet another example of this Tory government attempting to bin an international agreement made with the Irish government and the other parties at Stormont House in 2014 which gave victims and their families access to truth, justice and reconciliation.

“This is also an attempt to shut citizens out of the courts, to deny families inquests on the deaths of their loved ones, to deny access to judicial reviews and to the civil courts.

“The British government is acting like a totalitarian state and their actions are a cruel blow to families who have waited more than five decades on truth and justice.

“The campaigns by the families cannot be wished away by a British government determined to pull a veil of secrecy over the actions of the state during the conflict.

“Sinn Féin will continue to stand with the families in their campaigns for truth and justice.

“There is also an onus on the Irish government to stand up for the agreement it made with the British government and oppose this latest heartless attempt to close down truth and justice.”


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Eoin Ó Broin TD has today introduced a bill at first stage in the Dáil that would see estate agents and platforms like Airbnb fined for advertising short-term lettings without planning permission.

Teachta Ó Broin said:

“The Short-Term Lettings Enforcement Bill 2022 strengthens the enforcement of the planning regulations for short-term lettings which were introduced almost three years ago.

“The bill would require estate agents and online platforms to only advertise properties that are compliant with the Planning and Development Act 2000 (exempted development) (no. 2) Regulations 2019.

“It would also allow for the issuing of spot fines to Airbnb and other providers who advertise non-compliant properties.

“Research conducted by the Times Ireland shows that Airbnb now outstrips long-term rental homes in every county.

“For example, in Dublin there are 2,704 properties advertised on Airbnb, but just 436 for long-term rental on

“In Cork there are 1,419 properties on Airbnb but just 72 homes available to rent on

“Further action is needed to regulate the short-term letting sector. My bill does not limit genuine peer to peer home sharing.

“However, stricter regulations are needed to ensure that the properties being advertised without exemptions or planning permission are removed from the short-term letting market and that there is a disincentive from doing so in the future.

“Requiring estate agents and online platforms to only advertise properties that are compliant with the planning regulations is therefore a reasonable request to make.

“Allowing the Minister to give local authorities the power to issue spot fines to short term lettings providers and estate agents that advertise non-compliant properties would act as further disincentive for advertising properties that are breaking the law.

“We hope to further debate this legislation during Private Members’ Time in the coming weeks.”


Sinn Féin MP John Finucane has said while Boris Johnson’s Tories launch a plan to break the law, they continue to give cover to the DUP to block an Executive being formed to support workers and families.

Speaking from London, the North Belfast MP said:

“People voted to make politics work, to fix the health service and invest an extra £1 billion and they voted for an Executive to put money in their pockets to deal with the cost-of-living crisis.

“They did not vote for Boris Johnson and the Tory party to give cover to the DUP to hold society here back and block the formation of an Executive.

“We need an Executive up and running now, people should not have to wait a day longer. No one has a veto over progress.

“Today, the same British government that negotiated and agreed the Protocol has announced a plan to legislate to break international law and undermine the Good Friday Agreement.

“Businesses are benefiting from the huge opportunities afforded by the Protocol to create jobs and attract investment through unique access to the British and EU markets.

“The British government should stop creating further instability, end the threats to take unilateral action and work constructively with the EU in negotiations to find solutions to fix the problems.”


Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has told the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that he is standing in the way of an Executive being formed and money being spent to fix the health service and deal with the cost-of-living crisis.  

Speaking after the party leadership met with Boris Johnson today, Mary Lou McDonald said: 

“It is just ten days since the election when people came out in large numbers and voted for politics to work. They voted for parties to work together. They voted for the Executive to start putting money in their pockets to help with the cost-of-living crisis. They voted to put £1 billion into the health service. They are being denied all of that by the DUP who are being supported by Boris Johnson.

“It’s become increasingly clear that Boris Johnsons actions are all part of a choreographed and disgraceful set of events designed to give cover to the DUP.

“That is not acceptable. Nobody has a veto on progress and the blocking of the Executive shouldn’t be tolerated for even one day longer.

“And to make matters worse, tomorrow, the man who negotiated the Protocol is going to introduce legislation to break the law and create further instability and undermine the Good Friday Agreement.

“The outcome of this month’s election must be respected, and we need to get the Executive formed without any further delay.”

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