Simon Coveney ‘circus’ back in town, says TUV’s Jim Allister

TUV leader Jim Allister has hit out once again at Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney’s role in the Stormont talks.

Monday, 3rd June 2019, 12:55 pm
Tanaiste Simon Coveney speaking to the media outside Stormont House as as attempts to restore power-sharing at Stormont continues. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 30, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Politics. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The talks are ongoing in an effort to restore the power sharing Executive.

Mr Allister said: “The compliant acquiescence of DUP and UUP in a talks process, of which Coveney gives the appearance of being the ringmaster, strengthens the perception that these parties have given up on resisting Dublin meddling.

“That stance is then compounded by the deception being wrought on the long suffering people of Northern Ireland that the current Stormont system can ever be made to work. It can’t, because it only allows government jointly led the party, Sinn Fein, whose overriding objective is to ensure Northern Ireland doesn’t work. Hence, the folly of talks designed only to again patch together the unworkable.

“Only when the other parties find the courage to insist that government by the willing is the only way ahead will Stormont have any chance of success. Otherwise, these talks are a fraud and a deceit.”

Mr Coveney has been invited to respond.