Sinn Féin Leas Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill has said the DUP have not been engaged in any meaningful way in the talks process to secure the establishment of an Executive.
Michelle O’Neill said:
“Today the British government’s secretary of state for the north, Julian Smith, has said there will be an intensification of talks aimed at establishing an Executive and political institutions.
“Mr Smith’s comments have little or no basis in reality.
“The fact of the matter is we do not have an active talks process at this time.
“The DUP have not engaged in a meaningful way in this process and have switched off in favour of their relationship with the Tories, which has been toxic to these talks.
“Julian Smith also needs to realise that he is not an impartial spectator. His government have responsibilities under the Good Friday Agreement that it must live up to.
“For our part, we remain committed to securing the establishment of an Executive and genuine power sharing institutions based on equality which deliver for everyone.”