The SDLP leader has claimed that the DUP “don’t want a taig about the place” at Stormont and has said that Sinn Fein are habitually untruthful.
Alasdair McDonnell blunt comments delivered at the opening of an SDLP office in Glengormley were recorded by a reporter from the North Belfast News.
This morning the DUP and Sinn Fein angrily rebuked Dr McDonnell for the allegations.
Dr McDonnell was recorded as saying: “The DUP don’t want partnership — they don’t want a taig about the place. I’m sorry, it’s as brutal as that.
“I’m not divisive, I don’t like to be like that, but at times they’ve made it very clear to us they don’t support the Good Friday Agreement, they don’t support a lot of the changes that have taken place.”
The SDLP veteran also said: “Sinn Fein can’t tell the truth. They just can’t tell the truth, and they can tell us whatever they like.
“And you’ve examples like Gerry Adams was never in the IRA and you’ve examples like Martin McGuinness saying this, that and the other thing. They’re not telling the truth.
“We fully support the chief constable when he discussed publicly in a press conference the murder of Kevin McGuigan.
“We know who killed Kevin McGuigan. And we know there are people out there associated with, connected with or involved in some way - that basically were involved in helping and supporting the murder of Kevin McGuigan.”
But DUP MLA Arlene Foster Good Morning Ulster programme: “Anyone that knows the way in which I operate, both at a constituency level and indeed at ministerial level, knows that this is utter rubbish.”
And, speaking on the same programme, Sinn Fein MLA Alex Maskey also dismissed the remarks, saying: “Anything that I have heard Alasdair McDonnell coming out with in this past week has just reaffirmed in my mind that the man is a bumbling idiot.”