Belfast Telegraph

James Brokenshire needs to call an election, says Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly

Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly has told a meeting of party members and supporters that Secretary of State James Brokenshire needs to call an election.

At a meeting at the City Hotel in Derry on Thursday night the Belfast MLA said: "Martin McGuinness led a Sinn Fein delegation to meet with the Irish government minister Charlie Flanagan, and separately with British secretary of state James Brokenshire.

"He made it clear that following his resignation as deputy First Minister it is now time for the people to have their say.

"The position is clear, James Brokenshire needs to call an election."

Mr McGuinness announced his shock decision to resign over the 'cash for ash' controversy on Monday.

The move effectively collapsed the Northern Ireland Assembly.

His resignation came after First Minister Arlene Foster refused to step aside while the RHI scheme - which she established in 2012 as enterprise minister - is investigated.

It was originally envisaged that the Treasury would foot the bill for the Renewable Heat Incentive, but the costs spiralled well beyond London's financial commitment.

The total RHI spend in Northern Ireland is estimated at over £1 billion over the next 20 years.

The Treasury is set to cover £660 million of that, with Stormont landed with the remaining £490 million.

Northern Ireland now faces the prospect of direct rule from Westminster being reintroduced if the fallout between the DUP and Sinn Fein cannot be resolved on the other side of an election.

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