Photo: Northern Ireland First Minister Designate Michelle O'Neill speaking to the at Belfast City Hall in April 2021. Picture by: REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo / Jason Cairnduff
The lives of people in Northern Ireland are being ''put on hold'' because of the delays of one party.
That's the message from the Sinn Fein Vice President at the party Ard Fheis in Dublin today.
The Northern Ireland Assembly, cost of living crisis, and housing, all featured high on the agenda.
First Minister Designate Michelle O'Neill, says the DUP are blocking progress:
"In the middle of a cost of living crisis, it is really disgraceful. As you all know, the DUP are using the Brexit Protocol as cover not to enter power sharing. And you also know that the real reason is that as an Irish nationalist, I will be at the helm as First Minister and everybody knows it."
The party's spokesperson on Finance Pearse Doherty says planning for all-Ireland unity is also high on the agenda at today's Ard Fheis:
"Just in the last couple of weeks we've seen the 3arena packed to the rafters as people came from all parts of the country to discuss how we create and shape a new Ireland. The failure to plan for that is exactly what happened with the Tories, where they put a question to the people in terms of leaving the European Union (a wreckless question in my view), but had no plan afterwards."