DUP LEADER’S STANCE CREATES NEW CHALLENGES: TAOISEACH

17 September 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

The Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said the decision by Democratic Unionist Party leader Jeffrey Donaldson to withdraw his party’s participation in North- South institutions creates new challenges for the Government. He told reporters: “It is no secret that I am passionately committed to maintaining the institutions of the Good Friday Agreement and their full operation in all aspects, North and South, the Executive and the Assembly, and the British Irish dimension.”

He was speaking as members of the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party gathered at Ballyconnell in Co. Cavan last Thursday for a ‘think-in’ conference ahead of the new Dáil term. Mr Martin was asked by The Northern Standard whether a speech by the DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson threatening to trigger an election at Stormont within weeks unless there are changes to the Northern Ireland Protocol would change the dynamics of cross-border co-operation in the Cavan Monaghan constituency.

Mr Donaldson said it was not sustainable for his party to remain in the powersharing administration under the current…

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