Dear Madam, - It’s time that big decisions were being made at Stormont! In the past few weeks, the DUP has operated an ‘in out’ policy where Executive ministers are resigning and being reinstated for a few hours each week doing this so called ‘political crisis’.
The people of Northern Ireland are truly suffering from this log-jam and our crucial public services such as health are suffering as a result. Simon Hamilton, DUP Minister for Health has resigned four times in the past three weeks whilst 400,000 people across Northern Ireland are waiting for a specialist appointment or medical treatment.
Along with other DUP ministers, Simon Hamilton must resume his post to tackle growing waiting lists and address other pressing issues in our health service.
I would also like to express my sincere anger and disappointment at the Assembly’s failure to implement the ongoing Stormont House Agreement due to petitions of concern launched by both Sinn Fein and the SDLP. Both nationalist parties claim that they are protecting the most vulnerable in society by not implementing this legislation, where as they are exploiting them for propaganda purposes.
Failure to implement this important legislation is losing Northern Ireland £2 million, leaving a £600 million black hole in our local economy. Surely this money could be put to better use for crucial public services such as education and health.
The DUP and nationalist parties have failed the people of Northern Ireland through their inadequacies to implement the Stormont House Agreement, deal with our past and the on-going existence of paramilitaries in our society. I would urge all our elected representatives who are not participating in the devolved Institutions to make the all-important decisions that are having a detrimental impact on our public services due to the incompetence of both the DUP and Sinn Fein at the expense of the electorate! It’s time for the DUP and Sinn Fein to face the music and start dancing!
Yours faithfully, Jonathan Hall 61 Cooneen Road, Fivemiletown