First Minister Peter Robinson has challenged Sinn Fein to either face up to tough decisions or leave Northern Ireland’s power-sharing Executive.
The DUP leader issued the blunt ultimatum to his republican partners in government as a bitter political row over non-implementation of welfare reform intensified.
Mr Robinson’s blistering attack on the republican party came after Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams warned that power-sharing was “hanging by a thread” due to a “Tory cuts agenda” and unionist willingness to implement it.
The First Minister claimed Mr Adams was “delusional”.
“Northern Ireland deserves better than this pathetic posturing and specious spinning,” said Mr Robinson.
“If Sinn Fein is unable to do ‘tough government’ they should stand aside and let parties with the guts to govern do the job.
“The Sinn Fein strategy is washing the Assembly towards the rocks and nobody other than the Sinn Fein leadership is to blame.”