Chris had a piece up on Sinn Fein’s approach towards RHI and we will have to wait until the Assembly comes back to see how far the are prepared to go over this issue but a contribution was made today by Matt Carthy MEP who has issued a warning to the DUP. I have bolded some of the key bits.
Nationalists and republicans throughout Ireland, not least members and supporters of Sinn Féin, are deeply angered at the recent actions and behaviour of the DUP.
“Today, we have a word of warning today for those who are clearly hell-bent on hollowing out the Good Friday Agreement and denying the rights of nationalists in the North – do not assume that republican patience is limitless!
“The recent arrogance of the DUP in response to the Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) sandal has seriously damaged the credibility of the Northern Assembly, the Executive and the Office of First and Deputy First Minister.
“Serious allegations of corruption have rightly outraged people from all communities in the North.
“The DUP stands accused of keeping open a scheme that could cost taxpayers over 400 million pounds.
“The actions and behaviour of the DUP since the emergence of this scandal have brought us all to the precipice of a major political crisis.
“People should not underestimate the seriousness of this situation. This crisis is the greatest threat to the political institutions in over a decade.
“But Arlene Foster and her senior advisers appear to be living in a state of denial.
“Let me make one thing very clear here today – this issue is not going away, and Sinn Féin will not be providing any shred of political cover to a unionist leadership who are in an unholy mess entirely of their own making.
“Our MLAs have brought forward a motion which will be top of the agenda when the Assembly returns this month.
“It deals comprehensively with the substantive issues surrounding this debacle.
“It calls on First Minister Arlene Foster to stand aside to facilitate an independent, time-framed, robust and transparent investigation and until a preliminary report is presented; to recoup taxpayers money; and to determine whether corruption played any part in the process.
David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs