Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland has become “subservient” to the party in the south since Gerry Adams entered the Dail in 2011, Peter Robinson has claimed.
In a blunt broadside at his Stormont coalition partners, The DUP leader said that “troubling” changes in how the party operates have made it exceptionally difficult to make decisions at Stormont.
Speaking candidly about his frustrations, the First Minister said: “I get more and more frustrated by the slowness of the system, by the blocks that are put in the system...it has got much worse since Sinn Fein increased its presence in the Dail.
“There is no doubt that the Dublin Sinn Fein members are now ruling in Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland is regarded as subservient to the interests in the Dail.
“They are in opposition there and in government here. What they are wanting to do in opposition there, no sane person would do in government yet we have to either hold back from making changes or take crazy courses to stay in line with the ludicrous proposals that they have on the economy in the south.
“Look at some of the changes that have been taking place in terms of personnel around Sinn Fein in the Assembly and you’ll see Adams’ boys and girls coming in so that he has that level of control over what is going on.
“It is very disturbing and very difficult for us to get decisions taken.”
Mr Robinson said he believed the interests of Sinn Fein in the Republic were a key factor in Sinn Fein’s rejection of the DUP-Sinn Fein deal on welfare reform.