Edwin Poots: Fallout from DUP leader's resignation continues

Ruben Hill
June 18, 2021

Senior members of the DUP engaged in a meeting at the party's headquarters this evening before the resignation was officially announced.

McDonald said on Twitter: "The British Govt has tonight agreed to legislate for Acht Gaeilge".

Sinn Fein will therefore participate fully in the five-party executive, McDonald said in a statement, clearing the way for Givan to become first minister.

"We have monumental challenges ahead that will require unity of goal and urgency".

The British government has agreed that it will introduce an Irish language act in Northern Ireland in October if the Stormont Assembly does not do so by September.

Whoever takes over from Edwin Poots as DUP leader will have a massive amount of work to do. The pair also drove from Stormont House without speaking to the media.

The issue of language rights regained attention after former First Minister Arlene Foster resigned after being removed from the post of DUP leader.

The meetings came amid a stand-off between Sinn Fein and the DUP over the appointment of a new First and deputy First Minister, and the introduction of Irish language legislation provided for in the New Decade, New Approach deal.

So far, Givan is now is expected to be sworn into office as the new first minister, with Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill as deputy first minister.

Sinn Fein, the largest Irish nationalist party, insist the nomination be accompanied by the implementation of the cultural elements of a political agreement brokered by London and Dublin which restored the executive early last year following three years without a devolved administration.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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