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DUP 'punishing public' with Northern Ireland politics stalemate, says Michelle O'Neill

Guardian, 13 May 2022
Sinn Féin’s vice-president has condemned the Democratic Unionist party for paralysing Northern Ireland's Stormont assembly and executive over the Northern Ireland protocol.
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Michelle O’Neill said the DUP was 'denying democracy' and 'punishing the public' after the party announced earlier on Friday that it would refuse to nominate a speaker.

Under power-sharing rules, the assembly and executive cannot function without a unionist party, and the row turned what was supposed to be the inaugural day of the assembly into a stalemate; newly elected representatives signed the roll – and become eligible to collect salaries – but faced being left without duties, functions or power

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