For ten years as deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness worked tirelessly to make politics work, to build reconciliation and to deliver for all of our people. The DUP response has been arrogance, contempt and outright bigotry.
Rather than deal with the scandal of RHI, the DUP’s response was a crude sectarian decision to cut funding for disadvantaged children attending the Gaeltacht.
The DUP oppose marriage equality and stand with English Tories on Brexit and against the democratic wishes and economic interests of our people.
DUP mishandling of the RHI scandal – and allegations of corruption associated with the scheme – was the final straw. It was time to call a halt and Martin McGuinness did just that. He called time on the DUP.
There can be no return to the arrogance and disrespect and there must be an end to the litany of financial scandals from Red Sky, through NAMA to the RHI scandal which could cost £500million – money that could be better spent on our hospitals, schools and roads.
This election and the negotiations which will follow are about the future – about integrity, equality, reconciliation and respect.
Sinn Féin will resolutely represent the people who vote for us in this election. When other parties walked away from government, walked away from the North South Ministerial Council and walked away from Brexit negotiations we persevered. Sinn Féin will not walk away.
We will enter the up-coming negotiations in good faith and with a determination to achieve a successful outcome. If others do the same we can resolve these current difficulties.
But success demands change and every vote cast for Sinn Féin will strengthen the momentum for change to ensure we achieve equality, respect and integrity for all our citizens.
Chris Hazzard MLA South Down
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