Ulster Unionist Leader, Mike Nesbitt MLA, has stated that the Northern Ireland Executive needs surgery rather than a sticking plaster if it is to progress.
Mr Nesbitt said:
“This is a about a murder. It is about the status of a terrorist organisation in 2015. And it is about the denial of that by a party of government – Sinn Fein. That’s why we withdrew from the Executive. We were not prepared to turn a blind eye.
“Since then public opinion has quickly coalesced around the fact this Executive is broken and is not delivering for the people of Northern Ireland. An adjournment is not a fix. Peter Robinson was proposing some sort of sticking plaster. What we really need is surgery.
“If the DUP were serious about holding Sinn Fein to account over the criminal activity of the IRA, why didn’t they join us in our request to put terrorism and the credibility of Sinn Fein`s reaction at the top of the talks agenda, a position on which we have been vindicated?”
“We remain committed to our vision of a properly peaceful and prosperous Northern Ireland. We have bold and imaginative proposals for delivering that vision and we will input our thoughts into what will inevitably be a round of intensive negotiations.”