The leader of Fianna Fáil has launched a scathing attack on the DUP and Sinn Fein — stating that they constantly put party interest ahead of the common good at Stormont.
In an address at the annual Wolfe Tone commemoration at Bodenstown in Co Kildare, Micheál Martin said that people in Northern Ireland deserved a government that made their lives better and demonstrates that politics works.
“Any ... objective analysis of the performance of the Assembly and Executive over the last year would, very reluctantly, have to question whether they are delivering in these terms,” he said.
Mr Martin added that, despite some successes, the Assembly has passed little legislation and the news was dominated by “old parades politics”.
Mr Martin said that the peace process had been held up for nearly a decade because the DUP and Sinn Fein wouldn’t accept the principles of the Good Friday Agreement.
“It is at best foolish and at worst reckless to step back and believe that the DUP and Sinn Fein are capable of working in the interests of all groups. They have constantly shown an interest in putting party interests ahead of broader interests,” he said.
In a blistering attack on Sinn Fein, Mr Martin said the party continued to glorify IRA atrocities.
“They are trying to have it both ways of demanding to be treated just like any party but refusing to be open about their past or apologise for it,” he said.