Friday 30 September 2016

DUP calls halt to Stormont business

Published 08/09/2015 | 02:30

Mr Robinson said it could not be business as usual as members return from the summer break
Mr Robinson said it could not be business as usual as members return from the summer break

The DUP has halted all but exceptional Executive meetings at Stormont until the political crisis is resolved, Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson has said.

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The party failed in its bid for a four-week adjournment of the Assembly after police said members of the Provisional IRA shot a man dead in East Belfast.

Sinn Féin's Conor Murphy said the party would not be distracted by an electoral contest within unionism.

But Mr Robinson said it could not be business as usual as members return from the summer break.

He warned his ministers could resign if crunch political talks - due to start today - are not successful.

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern last night said he was concerned at the later developments. He said if a way forward is not found on this "very quickly there'll be resignations".

"That means that for the first time in nine years the institutions would be down and I know better than most how hard it is to pull them back up again and that creates a huge hiatus.

"That will be unhelpful to everybody and I think the men and women of Northern Ireland do not want that," he told RTÉ.

Irish Independent

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