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Westminster must get us back on track, says Kinahan

By Staff Reporter

The Ulster Unionist Party said last night that it was time for government at Westminster to take action to start the process of restoring faith in the integrity of the Stormont institutions.

UUP MP Danny Kinahan, who sits on the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, said that the devolved Stormont system had been brought into disrepute by the current Executive.

"My party fought hard to end the wholesale violence on our streets and establish a truly inclusive set of political institutions. It is deeply embarrassing to see those institutions brought into such disrepute by those currently at the heart of the Stormont Executive.

"I believe Westminster needs to take action to start the process of restoring faith in the integrity of the institutions.

"That includes reversing some of the provisions of the St Andrews Act of 2007, which changed fundamental safeguards in the Good Friday Agreement that had been endorsed by the public in a Referendum."

The MP said that at the heart of the problem is the inability of the two main parties to work together.

"It over-rides the will of the people, ensures Assembly Elections are fought not on the issues, but on a raw sectarian headcount, and holds us back from our vision of a post-sectarian society," he said.

Mr Kinahan also hit out at the use of the Petition of Concern mechanism used in the Assembly.

"The people of Northern Ireland deserve leadership that recognises the concept of the greater good.

"It is sadly incumbent on Westminster to take steps to help make that happen," Mr Kinahan said.

Meanwhile, Sinn Fein have announced that the party is to bring forward a motion of no confidence in Assembly Speaker Robin Newton, calling on him to resign with immediate effect.

The Ulster Unionist Party said last night that it was time for government at Westminster to take action to start the process of restoring faith in the integrity of the Stormont institutions.

UUP MP Danny Kinhan, who sits on the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, said that the devolved Stormont system had been brought into disrepute by the current Executive.

"My Party fought hard to end the wholesale violence on our streets and establish a truly inclusive set of political institutions. It is deeply embarrassing to see those institutions brought into such disrepute by those currently at the heart of the Stormont Executive.

"I believe Westminster needs to take action to start the process of restoring faith in the integrity of the institutions.

"That includes reversing some of the provisions of the St Andrews Act of 2007, which changed fundamental safeguards in the Good Friday Agreement that had been endorsed by the public in a Referendum."

The MP also hit out at the use of the Petition of Concenr mechanism whichhas been used to nullify majority votes in the Assembly.

"The people of Northern Ireland deserve leadership that recognises the concept of the greater good. It is sadly incumbent on Westminster to take steps to help make that happen."

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