Sinn Fein ready to form an Executive after May poll

Northern Ireland’s former deputy first minister has said she will be ready for business as soon as the Assembly election is over.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 24th March 2022, 10:49 pm
Sinn Fein Vice President Michelle O'Neill. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Sinn Fein Vice President Michelle O'Neill. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Michelle O’Neill was speaking on the final day at Stormont.

Paul Givan resigned earlier this year as part of the DUP’s protest against the Northern Ireland Protocol, which also removed Ms O’Neill from the joint office.

Ms O’Neill said she will be ready to form an Executive when the parties return to Stormont.

“We’ll fight the election, we’ll ask the public for their support, we’ll come back after this election and I’ll be here to do business,” she said.

“I’ll be here to form an Executive, I’ll be here to deliver for the public, deal with the cost-of-living crisis, deal with tackling our health reform that is needed, particularly in terms of waiting lists.

“There is so much for us to do so politics must work. The public deserve politics to work, they deserve politicians working together. I will be readily available to form that government straight after the election.

“Regardless of the outcome, we’ll be here to do business.”

Ms O’Neill said “thank God” the Executive was reformed in January 2020, with the coronavirus pandemic coming just weeks later.

“One of the successes of this mandate has been the fact that all the parties have worked together with unity of purpose to deliver for workers, families, businesses who were struggling with what was unprecedented times in terms of the pandemic itself,” she said.

“I think that’s been a positive, that everybody was there with the right heart, the right intention to serve the public well in the most challenging of circumstances. I’m also glad to say that this mandate has produced some of the most progressive pieces of legislation and that was delivered because parties worked together.

“It was co-operation, it was delivery, and more of this please. I think that’s what the public want to see, they want to see us working together.”