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22/09/2021

Secretary of State must not use Northern Ireland Office guidance as a cloak to hide behind- Eastwood

Colum Eastwood

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood MLA has said that the pace in which the Secretary of State Karen Bradley is moving at to restore devolution is nothing short of embarrassing.

Responding to the NIO’s publication of guidance for departmental decision-making, Mr Eastwood said:“The guidance issued by the NIO in regards to decision-making for Northern Ireland Departments during the period for Northern Ireland Executive formation marks a sad day for democracy.

“No one could argue that necessary steps must be taken to ensure the delivery of basic public services during this prolonged period of political deadlock. However, the SDLP will not settle for this sticking plaster approach and neither should the public.

“Karen Bradley must not use this guidance as a cloak to hide behind. As Secretary of State it is her job to reconvene an open, inclusive and transparent talks process to ensure the reinstatement of power-sharing as quickly as possible."

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