McGuinness: Sinn Fein will offer conditional support to the Budget Bill

Martin McGuinness briefed the media earlier today in Stormont informing us that following a meeting of the Sinn Fein Ard Chomhairle over the weekend that the party will offer conditional support for the Budget bill currently working its way through Stormont.

Here is a bit of what he said to the media;

As all of you will know the national leadership of Sinn Fein met yesterday in County Kildare, that is the Ard Chomhairle that we are members of and there is a very strong view in the Ard Chomhairle that the present situation we are dealing with unsustainable. That said in the context of the present situation in relation to the Budget Bill that we will be giving conditional support to this Budget Bill today. The purpose of that is to create a space which will hopefully will see a resolution of the difficulties that we face in relation to putting in place a sustainable and workable budget and also see the full implementation of the Stormont House Agreement. 

This essentially buys the Executive time over the summer to solve the problem and get over the UK budget due in July.

David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs