Thursday 22 February 2018

Unionists must raise voices to force Foster aside, insists Adams

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster. Photo: Tony Gavin
Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster. Photo: Tony Gavin

David Young and David Raleigh

Gerry Adams has made clear Sinn Féin will not back down from its demand for Stormont First Minister Arlene Foster to stand aside to allow a probe into her role in a botched green energy scheme.

The Sinn Féin president warned the Democratic Unionist leader that she was not a "prime minister" and her position in the power-sharing administration depended on his party's agreement.

Ms Foster, who presided over the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) when economy minister, has refused to leave the stage to facilitate a probe into a scandal that has left Stormont facing a £490m (€570m) bill.

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On Friday, she voiced support for a judge-led probe into RHI outlined by her Sinn Féin partners in government, but she again emphatically rejected that she step aside to facilitate it. SDLP leader Colum Eastwood has called on DUP members to intervene and force Ms Foster's resignation.

Yesterday, Mr Adams said: "Today is the anniversary of the death of the Progressive Unionist Party leader David Irvine, and we can only speculate what David might say about this scandal, but I think we could be sure that he would have railed against the waste of public money. Hopefully, voices within unionist grassroots and loyalist communities, who have been robbed by this scandal, will raise their voices also."

Irish Independent

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