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DUP reverse power-trip costing lives and needs to end – Tóibín

Aontú Leader Peadar Tóibín has slammed the DUP following the failure of the party to re-engage with powersharing after negotiations with other parties and the British Government, accusing the party of ‘callously costing lives and livelihoods’ whilst it holds the people of the North to ransom.

The Meath West TD said:

“Every day that the DUP has taken to dodge, prevaricate and drag its feet on restoring Stormont, people are dying on hospital waiting lists, families struggle to make ends meet and public services already starved of investment are crumbling.

This reverse power-trip where they are continuing to run away from powersharing has to stop.  We have consistently said that measures must be taken to ensure that no one party can bring down the Executive and the Assembly again and it is being clearly demonstrated now why that must be the case.

The DUP seem more interested in the actions of their unionist rivals this week than constructively working with other parties around the negotiating table for the benefit of those they are supposed to serve. 

Anyone, regardless of their political affiliation can recognise now more than ever before that the DUP care little for public services, public sector workers and the wider community who are crying out for stability and an end to brinkmanship from any party – they want investment, jobs and a future for their children.

It is time the DUP copped on that the people in communities up and down the North will not tolerate shirking their responsibilities a day longer.”

By Aontú Press | 20 December, 2023

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