Steven Agnew MLA

If this election was a referendum on RHI – Arlene Foster should take stock

Monday 06 March 2017 

Green Party leader Steven Agnew has advised Arlene Foster to accept that if the election was a RHI referendum, the DUP leader should allow the RHI inquiry to complete its work before contemplating a return as First minister.

Steven Agnew, returned as an MLA for North Down last week, stated:

“The vast majority of people voted for parties who called on Arlene Foster to step aside last year and indeed would not accept Mrs Foster’s return as First Minister.

“This election was precipitated by the RHI fiasco and if it was a referendum on Arlene Foster’s handling of RHI, then the former First Minister should accept the verdict of the electorate.

“It’s time for Arlene Foster to create some breathing space so that an Executive can been formed and a budget agreed.

“While MLAs return to work today, hundreds of people sit on protective notice because there is no budget. This is an unacceptable situation involving really dedicated people in the voluntary and community sector doing vital work.

The Green Party leader concluded:

“Arlene Foster should create breathing space for everyone by holding off any return as First Minister until after the RHI inquiry has concluded –  this was the verdict of the bulk of the people during the election and something that the DUP leader should not ignore.”


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