Minister Arlene Foster has vowed to fight on even though the power-sharing agreement collapsed and the Parliament is going to be re-elected soon. Sinn Féin has repeatedly called for the DUP leader to quit as First Minister over her involvement in the RHI scandal, a botched energy scheme she oversaw while serving as Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, which has been hit with serious allegations of incompetence, corruption and abuse.
nn Féin’s Martin McGuinness has previously resigned as a Deputy First Minister. As no nomination for a replacement was made, the Executive has today been disbanded and fresh elections called under provisions in the Northern Ireland Act 1998, which mandates power-sharing between the First Minister and Deputy. Arlene Foster who lost her First Minister post, says that she continues fighting.
“If necessary we will take our case to the electorate and use it as a platform for further discussions. I have never taken the verdict of the electorate of Northern Ireland for granted and while an election is not of our making we trust the judgement of the people,” she wrote in a statement, “Last May people gave us a mandate and despite all of the challenges I remain dedicated to representing all the people of Northern Ireland. I want to do what is in the bests interests of Northern Ireland and I want us to be able to build a better future. Despite the undoubted setbacks over these last few weeks we have achieved much for Northern Ireland over the years. While at this moment in time it may seem all hope is lost I still believe we can work to achieve better and brighter days ahead.”