Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Alliance to lead debate on ministers’ failure to agree

The failure of the Stormont Executive to agree on key issues — including the school transfer system, policing and justice and a blueprint to tackle sectarianism — is to come under attack in the Assembly next week.

Alliance is to lead the debate on Monday voicing deep concern over the inability of power-sharing Ministers to resolve “a large number of key issues” and the effect it is having on “good governance, the economy and public services”.

And the party's motion, signed by leader David Ford and deputy Naomi Long among others, demands that the Executive “act in a collective manner for the good of Northern Ireland”.

MLA Trevor Lunn, who tabled the motion, said he hoped the debate would spark progress on a wide range of issues on which the Assembly is currently deadlocked — including the key Alliance demand for the Shared Future strategy on community relations which has split the DUP and Sinn Fein to be agreed.

His criticism came after the first Executive meeting of the new year, co-chaired by interim First Minister Arlene Foster, which — despite the backlog — appeared to last a shorter time than usual.

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