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Stormont Speaker Robin Newton's position untenable: Sinn Fein

Sinn Fein has said Robin Newton's position as Speaker of the Assembly is untenable.

It comes after the DUP MLA faced intense criticism over his handling of business at a special sitting of the Assembly on Monday.

Question have been asked as to if he set a precedent by allowing Arlene Foster to make a statement as First Minister without the consent of deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

His critics have accused him of undermining the joint nature of The Executive Office and in turn the Good Friday Agreement.

In response Mr Newton blamed the Executive office saying it was responsible for how minister acted and he was responsible for ensuring house rules were followed.

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The Opposition has called for the speaker to relinquish his position.

Thursday saw Sinn Fein say his position was "untenable".

Following talks with Alliance over the RHI scandal, Caral Ni Chuilin said: "We discussed the position of the Speaker following Monday’s shambolic and partisan proceedings in the Assembly.

“He has undermined the integrity and the impartiality of the Speaker’s office and Sinn Féin believes his position is untenable.”

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