On the elevation of Liz Truss to the position of British Prime Minister, Aontú Leader and Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín Stated;
“There is no light at the end of the tunnel in the north. There is no evidence that the new administration will take these crises seriously. To date the north has played last fiddle to internal Tory machinations. There have been 4 Secretaries of State for the North of Ireland in just 5 years. This indicates the instability and the lack of commitment of the Tories to the fragile Peace Process. Now there is a scrum as senior Tory politicians try to rule themselves out of the position of Northern Secretary. It seems in Britain today, it’s the job that very few people want. This alone should sound alarm bells for anyone who is interested in preserving the fragile peace in the north”.
“Aontú Cllr Emmet Doyle has called for the salary of MLAs to be reduced to the Minimum Wage until such a time as they are willing to do their job. Its is obscene that that in the worst Cost of Living crisis in the history of the state that elected reps not doing their job would pocket such a big wage. It wouldn’t happen in no other walk of life. The power to use this lever is in the hands of the future Secretary of State for the north of Ireland yet there is no will to take this simple step”.
“It is also very clear that this ‘yoyo’ form of government where either the DUP or Sinn Féin pull down the democratic institutions for their own political benefit will continue indefinitely until there is reform. Aontú is calling on the Irish and British Government to reform the system and remove the ability of one political party to pull down the institutions or prevent an Executive being created”.
“The British Government must get real in terms of Protocol negotiations. No real negotiations have occurred since October las year. Liz Truss’s administration must bin the Legacy legislation that allows British Soldiers get away with murder. These are the baselines of justice and stability in the north. The Irish Government must use all international legal tools that they have at their disposal to achieve these objectives. If these objectives are not achievable to the Irish government, they cannot stand idly by watch the disaster unfold. They must become catalysts for Irish Unity”.