A very declarative response to Arlene Foster has been issued by the Health Minister, Michelle O’Neill tonight;
This is an act of desperation by the DUP.
“If the DUP were serious about addressing the political crisis then Arlene Foster would have stepped aside a month ago as Martin McGuinness suggested privately to her. They refused to do so and arrogantly attempted to brazen out the public anger.
“Arlene Foster did not remove herself from office, Martin McGuinness removed her to allow the people to have their say.
“There is widespread acceptance that the crisis of confidence in the institutions has gone way beyond the RHI scandal.
“We need good governance, transparency and accountability. We need political institutions, which deliver for all our people on the basis of equality and respect and we need the implementation of the Good Friday and other agreements.
“Martin McGuinness made it clear that the status quo is not an option.
“We will not be re-nominating a Deputy First Minister before the election.”
David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs