Sinn Fein lodge motion of no confidence in the Speaker

The Sinn Fein Chief Whip, Carál Ní Chuilin has announced that the party has lodged a vote of no confidence in the Speaker of the Assembly, Robin Newton.

Outlining the party’s rationale she says;

We have lodged our motion of no confidence in Speaker Robin Newton.

The performance in the Assembly on 19th December was a shambles and totally compromised the independence and integrity of that office.

The Speaker should be above reproach and independently accountable to the political institutions. However, he is acting without regard to the integrity of the office and as such his position is now untenable.

He is now part of the problem and an integral part of the unfolding crisis and he should resign immediately.

This follows the UUP and SDLP who have also publicly declared no confidence in him. 

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  • ted hagan

    Such were the agonies he appeared to be going through last month I thought he would have resigned by choice.

  • Skibo

    I agree, Ted. He could have saved us alot of time and resigned over the holidays. Perhaps it will be part of the method of resolving the RHI issue.

  • ted hagan

    Indeed, one scalp claimed, so Arlene remains in situ, for now.

  • T.E.Lawrence
  • Zorin001

    Standard political theatre, I expect the DUP to put up a token effort to save him for the optics but they will let them take this scalp to take the pressure off Foster.

  • Jag
  • the rich get richer

    Jonathan Bell into the hot seat Perhaps………..

  • Jag

    So, 3 weeks after the fact, SF table a motion of no confidence.

    During which time, the RHI overspend would have been £1.2m (21 days at £55k day)

    No bloody chance of tabling legislation or proposals which would halt the abuse of RHI or shift the scheme towards that operating in GB..

  • Anthony O’Shea

    Does anybody know why simon hamilton is refusing to give details of the legal advice he has received which prevents the list of names being published?

  • the rich get richer

    Its not about the South East Englanders money….There’s plenty of that for Northern Ireland…..well the northern Irish Folk think there is anyway and thats what counts……………

  • Nevin

    The Speaker was certainly floundering, David, but you’ve left out a key element: Sinn Féin’s flip-flop on recalling the Assembly.

  • T.E.Lawrence
  • johnny lately

    I would imagine the overwhelming majority of individuals and groups exploiting the generosity of the RHI scheme would take exception to being described as Northern Irish.

  • Gingray

    Ha ha ha

  • johnny lately

    The first in a series of choreographed steps designed to cover up the reality that a deal has been done or will be done behind closed doors within the coming days that will claim a DUP scalp, leave Foster in place, McGuinness will definitely resign and Sinn Fein will exert concessions from the DUP the most likely being movement on an Irish language act.

  • Skibo

    They would be better advised to agree with his resignation and Arlene to apologise for issuing a statement from the office of the Executive where she did not have the authority of the DFM.

  • Granni Trixie

    Or put it another way his going is sure to add to internal conflict within the DUP. Going on past behaviour they usually stick together but one by one there are disaffected. Watch this space.

  • Skibo

    Nevin, was the flip flop on recalling the assembly or the fact that what should have been an agreed statement was not as such agreed. Arlene is as guilty as the Speaker for giving the statement. She even reiterated before the statement was given that it did not have the approval of the DFM.
    That is the basis of Stormont, parity of esteem and OFM/DFM must be seen to act as one or not act at all.

  • Karl

    “….Arlene to apologise….”
    bahahhahahhahahahaha
    How about “….Arlene to apologise in Irish….” Its about as likely.

  • Nevin

    Skibo, it looks like SF bought a pig in a poke when it signed up to an Assembly recall. It’s also possible that the flip-flop was intentional but I lean to the ‘pig in a poke’ line.

  • Skibo

    Or it could be that they agreed to a recall based on achieving an agreed statement. Something that SF found they couldn’t do with the DUP.

  • johnny lately

    That would also mean Arlene was being economical with the truth when she claimed it was to be a joint statement but Sinn Fein reneged at the last moment leaving her to speak alone.

  • Nevin

    But why sign a blank cheque, Skibo?

  • the rich get richer

    Are they from Los Vegas……………………..

  • T.E.Lawrence

    Yeah you could be right Granni, Robin was always pretty popular with the East Belfast Faithful. With all this talk about elections if I was Alliance I would begin to start manning up as it is going to be a hell of a scrap for that last 5th seat in this constituency !

  • T.E.Lawrence

    Jonathan is running South Belfast for the UUP !

  • Karl

    TheSpeaker may not be enough. Unionist commentator now calling for Arlene to go permanently. Looks like the wind might be shifting again. This may percipitate another internal DUP poll.
    http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/opinion/arlene-foster-is-largely-responsible-for-rhi-chaos-and-should-step-aside-for-good-1-7762968

  • Anthony O’Shea

    Nope. Although your plan doesnt sound like a bad idea. The cold reality is that if Arlene does not step aside, its offvto the polls we go.

  • ted hagan

    Alex Kane has been been all over the shop on this one and way behind the curve. He makes valid points about Foster’s performance but beyond that I wouldn’t get too worked up about his amateur dramatics. He’s only a commentator after all.
    ‘This wasn’t a story driven by the media,’ he insists.
    It was, Alex; It was.

  • Skibo

    The shocking thing is the Irish Language Act was covered within the GFA and DUP and for their part the UUP also, have pushed it to one side and left it on the hard shoulder. Why should this be allowed to happen any longer. The same was done with The Maze project and the DUP tried to republican cleanse the project and it ended up all on hold.
    SF have given enough on numerous occasions. Stand your ground.

  • Skibo

    Also a commentator inextricably linked to the UUP.

  • woodkerne

    Preferred metaphor for current machinations: Stormont choreography, with duff speaker and Arlene in dance-off judged by panel of peers whose seemingly divergent interests in fact coincide on Strictly desired outcome?

  • Granni Trixie

    It never occurred to me!

  • Skibo

    Did anyone hear the criticism of Mike Nesbitt this morning by Jim Wilson on the Nolan programme? He condemned Mike for being on the same side as Republicans. That says it all!
    Wonder what the price of support for Unionist financial intransigence is, as it has to be greater than £490M!

  • ted hagan

    If I had a wood chip boiler I was using quite legitimately I certainly wouldn’t want my name made public. I’m sure there’s plenty others in the same boat. In the current climate you’d be treated like a leper and a scrounger.

  • Katyusha

    Unfortunately the truth is the only thing Arlene has been economical with.

  • ted hagan

    Surprise, surprise, Jim Wilson says something daft!.

  • Anthony O’Shea

    Yes thats fair enough but the question is why will simon hamilton not give details of the legal advice he has received?

  • anon

    I thought it was to do with misogyny?
    #rollseyes

  • mac tire
  • Zorin001

    McGuinness just announced his resignation over RHI

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-northern-ireland-38561446

  • Karl

    All true unless the DUP thinks it could be reflective of wider unionist thinking. We will see.

  • Zorin001

    And directly calls for an election in his resignation letter.

    2017 has got off to a flyer!

  • mac tire

    Indeed it has.

    Here, have some more popcorn, Zorin.

  • Paul

    Martin McGuinness has resigned SF won’t nominate again, its an election folks!

  • Gingray

    Game on, time to spread the pain for all the parties

  • hotdogx

    Maybe god will come to him again in his sleep and tell him to stop the evil plan of dividing ireland and the irish against each other. He might even run for FG!

  • Anthony O’Shea

    Its been coming on like a bad cold for quite some time, at last the Shinners have selflessly sneezed. Its unlikely SF will benifit much at the polls so hopefully the centre ground parties can pick up the slack.

  • J D

    This. Is. Just. TERRIBLE. News. For. Sinn. Fein.
    Absolutely. Dreadful!

    How will they ever recover from this fatal error?

  • Lionel Hutz

    So why was this motion lodged if they knew they were bringing the whole circus to an end. Sinn Fein are strangely all over the place