Martin Mcguinness To Resign As NI Deputy First Minister

Martin Mcguinness To Resign As NI Deputy First Minister

Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland’s Deputy First minister has resigned in protest against the handling of a botched energy scheme that could cost taxpayers £490m.

He cited the Democratic Unionist Party’s (DUP) conduct over the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme scandal as the main reason.

Under power-sharing procedures, First Minister Arlene Foster can no long continue in her role without Mr. McGuinness.  He said he was leaving the post because of a refusal by the first minister, Arlene Foster, to stand down temporarily from her job.

His decision to quit is likely to lead to a snap assembly election.

In his resignation letter, McGuinness said: “The first minister has refused to stand aside, without prejudice, pending a preliminary report from an investigation. That position is not credible or tenable.”

“It is with deep regret and reluctance that I am tendering my resignation as deputy first minister with effect from 5pm on Monday, 9th January 2017.”

 

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