Ulster Unionist Chief Whip, Steve Aiken OBE, has welcomed the fact that the two largest parties seem to be co-ordinating activities and engaging but warned that unless there is genuine commitment to building trust and respect then this is a charade.
Ulster Unionist Chief Whip, Steve Aiken OBE, said:
“I hope that today`s statement by Michelle O`Neill is an indication that perhaps - just perhaps - Sinn Fein have woken up to the fact that the people of Northern Ireland need a functioning government. However I am not convinced, given the intransigence displayed by Gerry Adams only the previous day where he demonstrated belligerence and contempt for the opinions of others.
“Sinn Fein can play around with words as long as they like but unless there is genuine commitment to building trust and respect, then this is a charade. They can blame others, but the most damage to our society is currently being caused by the inability to restore the Assembly and form an Executive.
“As each day passes the health waiting lists get longer and we will soon be entering the busiest time of year for the health service, so I welcome the fact that the two largest parties seem to be co-ordinating their activities and engaging. However, if they cannot reach agreement, then other alternatives must be explored.”