Methodist Church slams NI politicians
The Methodist Church has expressed frustration at the state of politics in Northern Ireland and urged the electorate "not to shirk its democratic responsibility even if voters feel that politicians have".
In a hard-hitting statement, the church's Council on Social Responsibility urged Assembly candidates "to conduct themselves with civility and decorum so that none of the fears or promises of something more brutal will materialise".
The council, which provides the church with advice on social, political, economic and constitutional issues, added: "Petty point-scoring and perpetual fault-finding further insults the electorate and adds to our collective sense of public disillusion and cynicism with the elected politicians and political parties which form the backdrop to this election, leading to real concerns of voter apathy and alienation."
It also called for talks to start quickly after the election so the Assembly can deal with issues such as a Budget and RHI.