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Stormont opposition claim main parties will drag their heels

By Noel McAdam

Stormont's main opposition parties have warned that neither the DUP or Sinn Fein are focused on the restoration of the Assembly.

Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt said Sinn Fein Stormont chief Michelle O'Neill had made it clear there will be no Executive for some time after the March election.

"Meanwhile, money will continue to go up in smoke at the rate of £85,000 per day due to the RHI scheme, Health Service waiting lists continue to grow and Northern Ireland is largely absent from Brexit negotiations," he added.

"It's incompetence on a grand scale, as both the DUP and Sinn Fein squabble over pet projects and trying to set terms for possible post-election talks", he said.

"A lot of the rhetoric has been dredged up from past election campaigns and is an attempt to polarise communities."

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said that diversity could be an asset in any new Executive.

"A positive accommodation between nationalism and unionism is possible," he added.

"Power-sharing between a coalition of the willing, rather than a cabal of the coerced, can unlock our politics and break down the logjams that have held our society back," he added.

"Difference doesn't have to mean division.

"Diversity can be a source of strength in government.

"That's what makes the choice in March so stark.

"If people are content with what we have, they should vote as they always have.

"If they want change, they should vote for change."

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