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DUP 'checked out' of power sharing and pandered to by UK government: Michelle O'Neill

Michelle O'Neill and Arlene Foster
Michelle O'Neill and Arlene Foster

Sinn Fein leader Michelle O'Neill has claimed the DUP has checked out of power sharing in Northern Ireland and the British Government is pandering to it because of the deal struck between the two to keep the Tories in power.

She was speaking after the Northern Ireland Secretary of State met with the parties on Thursday in a bid to resurrect talks to restored the Stormont institutions.

The Sinn Fein leader in Northern Ireland said the Conservative party was prioritising their relationship with the DUP at Westminster rather than focusing on restoring the Stormont institutions.

"The DUP have checked-out of power sharing," she said.

"You can see in their recent statements they have said there is no likelihood of these institutions going up anytime soon.

"That is the wrong approach.

"That is an approach that is being pandered to by the British government because of their confidence and supply deal with the DUP."

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Sinn Fein brought down the government at the beginning of last year over the RHI scandal and commitments on dealing with the past and legacy issues.

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