Sinn F opposes recall petition to elect Speaker

Sinn F opposes recall petition to elect Speaker

More than 30 members of the MLAs of the Stormont Assembly signed a recall petition on Monday in a new attempt to nominate a Speaker.

The Sinn F in Vice-President, Michelle O Neill, said it was important that the assembly meet to get down to business and start delivering for the public.

The recall motion from Sinn F was described by the leader of the Democratic Unionist party DUP Jeffrey Donaldson as a stunt.

The DUP blocked the election of a Speaker and the formation of an Executive after the Northern Ireland assembly elections, as part of its protest against the Northern Ireland protocol.

After a motion from Sinn F in, the outgoing Speaker, Alex Maskey, said in a letter to MLAs that the purpose of Monday s recall was to elect a Speaker, deputy speakers and to appoint a first minister and deputy first minister.

O Neill said it is important to recall the assembly and that we try to form an executive and get the assembly up and running to deal with the cost of living, fixing our health service and every other issue that is pending.

I am glad that other parties supported our recall petition because this means we have another chance to elect a speaker, put ministers into positions and start to deliver for the public.

That is the democratic outworking of the election and must be respected. I am glad that all of us who want to make politics work will be in that chamber on Monday and will debate this. I hope we can get to a point where we can actually elect people into the post. But Donaldson said his party would continue to block the return of the devolved power-sharing institutions until it saw action over the protocol.

He said that when you consider that for three long years and on a number of occasions during that period when this assembly was recalled to elect a Speaker, that Sinn F in each occasion absented themselves from those proceedings, most people out there will take a pinch of salt Sinn F in s new-found determination to restore working institutions that they abandoned for three years.

If they think pulling a stunt like this next Monday is going to change things, then they really don't understand unionism and our determination to stand by until we get the decisive action that is required to move us all forward.