DUP ‘punishing public’ with Northern Ireland politics stalemate, says Michelle O’Neill – video | The Guardian

Sinn Féin’s vice-president has condemned the Democratic Unionist party (DUP) for paralysing Northern Ireland‘s Stormont assembly and executive over the Northern Ireland protocol.

Michelle O’Neill said the DUP was ‘denying democracy’ and ‘punishing the public’ after the party announced earlier on Friday it would refuse to nominate a speaker.

Under power-sharing rules the assembly and executive cannot function without the DUP and the row turned what was supposed to be the inaugural day of the assembly into a stalemate; newly elected representatives signed the roll – and become eligible to collect salaries – but faced being left without duties, functions or power

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