10 years of power sharing government between unionists and nationalists collapsed today when Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness resigned his position as the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland.

Mr McGuinness resigned after the Democratic Unionist First Minister Arlene Foster, refused to stand aside in the wake of the so called Cash for Ash scandal, which has seen her survive a vote of no confidence in a special session at Stormont over the Christmas recess.

In his resignation letter, Mr McGuinness quelled rumours that his resignation was down to ill health, adding that if a snap election was called, and the DUP and Sinn Fein were returned to office as the largest parties, he wouldn’t stand for ‘the status quo’

“Over the last 10 years I have worked with DUP leaders and reached out to unionists on the basis of equality, respect and reconciliation.

“Over this period the actions of the British Government and the DUP have undermined the institutions and eroded public confidence.

“Sinn Fein will not tolerate the arrogance of Arlene Foster and the DUP.”

Under the power sharing agreement, if Sinn Fein doesn’t nominate a replacement for Mr McGuinness, then the Secretary of State, James Brokenshire, has the authority to dissolve the assembly and order snap elections.  Under this period, Northern Ireland would return to direct rule from London, with actions being made through orders in council. However, speaking to Sky News, Mr Brokenshire urged the parties to work together to find a solution to the crisis.

“I would urge Northern Ireland’s political leaders to take the necessary steps to work together to find a way forward and I will work with all parties and the Irish government to this end.”

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at a press conference announcing his intention to resign

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at a press conference announcing his intention to resign


Northern Ireland Secretary of State, James Brokenshire

Northern Ireland Secretary of State, James Brokenshire

Related Posts
Comments ( 6 )
  1. Kassi
    08 Feb 17 at 10:12 AM

    That inshigt’s perfect for what I need. Thanks!

    • Olivia
      12 Mar 17 at 9:47 AM

      Hi,Thanks for the msg. We shy away from porting our BoomCases as it exposes the sensitive elorctenics to the elements. But we are up for doing a passive radiator : )Possible for sure. We can even get close to 30hz without a passive.

    • Robbie
      14 Mar 17 at 6:38 PM

      Your answer was just what I nedeed. It’s made my day!

    • Happy
      15 Mar 17 at 12:38 AM

      And I was just woindreng about that too! [url=]vohmfnt[/url] [link=]kgdzkzr[/link]

    • Valjean
      15 Mar 17 at 7:52 AM

      That’s a smart answer to a difcifult question.

    • Elmira
      15 Mar 17 at 1:17 PM

      Inlcetigenle and simplicity – easy to understand how you think. [url=]ruelgt[/url] [link=]mfirmfeyp[/link]

Leave a reply