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Northern Irish leaders urged to guarantee that Stormont will not collapse again

Northern Ireland金光佛论坛檚 leaders have been urged to give a commitment that they will not collapse devolved government.

The Stormont Executive and Assembly was recently resurrected after a two-year collapse following the resignation of former First Minister Paul Givan over his DUP party金光佛论坛檚 opposition to the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Prior to that, Sinn Fein collapsed devolved government for almost three years from 2017 to 2020.

The leader of the official Opposition at Stormont Matthew O金光佛论坛橳oole has written to First Minister Michelle O金光佛论坛橬eill and deputy First Minister Emma Little-Pengelly asking that they provide a guarantee that neither will use their position to collapse the institutions.

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Leader of Opposition Matthew O金光佛论坛橳oole has asked Michelle O金光佛论坛橬eill and Emma Little-Pengelly for reassurances that they will not collapse devolved government(PA)

He has said he will keep making the request until a commitment is made, saying without it a question will remain over institutional stability.

In his letter to the leaders, Mr O金光佛论坛橳oole said he wants to lead an Opposition that is 金光佛论坛減ositive, constructive and focussed on the real challenges facing people across Northern Ireland金光佛论坛.

He said only two people can collapse the power-sharing government, adding: 金光佛论坛淎fter all that we have endured over the last two years, and over the three previous years of abeyance, I am asking you again to provide a guarantee that you will not use your position to collapse the Executive金光佛论坛.

He added: 金光佛论坛淪uch a commitment is, I believe, strongly in the public interest.

金光佛论坛淔aith in our democratic institutions has been shattered by the failure to govern.金光佛论坛

金光佛论坛淚 firmly believe that a further failure of power sharing would put devolution beyond repair in the minds of most.

金光佛论坛淎 guarantee that you and your party will not bring down the Executive for the rest of this mandate would go some way to restoring lost confidence in our institutions.金光佛论坛

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