DUP MP and MLA Gregory Campbell has said that the party would like to exclude Sinn Fein from the Executive “but we can’t get them out”.
Speaking on Stephen Nolan’s TV programme on Wednesday night, the East Londonderry representative also said that the current Stormont talks are “about dismantling the IRA”.
Long before this week’s revelations about the extent of IRA criminality, the fact that decommissioning was not complete and the belief of IRA members that the Army Council controls Sinn Fein, the DUP had been calling for Sinn Fein’s exclusion from the Executive.
When asked if Sinn Fein should still be excluded from the Executive, Mr Campbell said: “Well, they should be. But we can’t get them out.”
Mr Campbell went on to say that there had been a “tremendous announcement” on Tuesday that up to £70 million will be coming to the Province with the Open golf tournament coming to Portrush. “We don’t want to give that up, because there’s more of that coming.”
Yesterday the PUP leader, Billy Hutchinson, called on both the DUP and Sinn Fein to resign from government. He also said the current situation at Stormont is “complete chaos” and “totally dysfunctional”. He said that the problems can only be solved by a “fully inclusive process leading to a new agreement”.