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Baroness Paisley slams DUP and Sinn Fein for 'failure of leadership' following talks collapse

The wife of the late Ian Paisley has slammed the DUP and Sinn Fein for a “failure of leadership” following the collapse of talks to restore power sharing in Northern Ireland.

Baroness Paisley labelled the current political stalemate a “total mess” and called for the parties to work in the interests of the people. Sinn Fein and the DUP had been in negotiations to end the 13-month deadlock at Stormont but the talks collapses last week, with both parties blaming each other for an impasses over a proposed Irish language act.

Baroness Paisley, told the BBC:  “It is a total mess, they need to get down and cut out all the nonsense and get on with the job that they were elected to get on with. It is an absolute disgrace.”

She added: “It is a failure of leadership from both parties, proper leadership. They need to be absolutely 100% honest with one another.”

Baroness Paisley told Sinn Fein and the DUP to cut the “nonsense and lies and start anew.”

“If they had followed the example that the late Martin McGuinness and my husband set for them, this would not have happened,” she said.

“They would not have got into this mess in the first place.”

Baroness Paisley said the DUP also needed to accept responsibility over the RHI scandal which led to the collapse of the devolved government following the resignation of then Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

DUP leader Arlene Foster was the minister in charge of the Stormont department that ran the botched green energy scheme. She refused to resign over the scandal.

“If you are a minister and someone in your department is wrong, the buck stops at your desk,” said Baroness Paisley.

“You have got to do what is right and stand down from your position until the matter is sorted out.

“If that had been done at the beginning, there would have been a very different situation that the one we are in at the minute.

“We would not be in the mess we are in.”

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