In contrast to the initial in-studio reaction, and the subsequent questions in the Assembly.. Ahead of today’s meeting of that fractious Executive, Dan Keenan in the Irish Times [subs req] reports the latest briefing from Sinn Féin and from the UUP, on the Social Development minister’s decision, and UTV reports it too.
Ulster Unionist Ministers will not support a DUP motion of censure against Ms Ritchie, a party spokesman said yesterday. He added that they supported Ms Ritchie’s stand and that there was a feeling the DUP had “overplayed” its opposition to her.
Support for censure from republicans is also unlikely. A Sinn Féin spokesman told The Irish Times last night: “Sinn Féin supports her decision.”