Ulster Unionist Leader Robin Swann MLA has called on the Government to reintroduce Direct Rule if it cannot get political agreement to restore devolution at Stormont.
Robin Swann MLA said:
“I regret to say it, but today’s meeting with the political parties, called by the Secretary of State, was badly organised and handled, with no clear purpose or direction.
“Sinn Fein’s belligerent tone and attitude did not help the situation, nor does it bode well for the future.
“The Ulster Unionist Party is in no doubt that we need a proper talks process to resolve the issues which are preventing the restoration of a devolved administration at Stormont.
“We are also in no doubt, that if we cannot get political agreement, then given the level of suffering in the community – not least with regard to hospital waiting lists and school budgets - the Government has no alternative but to bring in Direct Rule.”