McCartney Slams DUP on Direct Rule

The News Letter (Belfast, Northern Ireland), May 19, 2005 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

McCartney Slams DUP on Direct Rule


THE DUP has been challenged to explain how it would do any better than direct rule ministers in addressing the Province's economic and social problems.

UK Unionist leader and MLA Bob McCartney has taken the party to task, in the wake of a speech earlier this week by Jeffrey Donaldson.

The Lagan Valley MP said the DUP was committed to restoring devolved government, and saw this as the best way to get to grips with issues such as water charges, rates reform and business needs.

Direct rulers "seldom have the best interest of Northern Ireland at heart", said Mr Donaldson.

Mr McCartney, who was supportive of the DUP during the Westminster elections, noted that it was easy for the DUP to oppose water charges and criticise Northern Ireland Office ministers.

But he suggested the party's ideas may not add up, when the party opposes water charges or rates hikes while also demanding investment.

"The DUP should tell us now how they are going to fund a system without the requirement of increased water charges or increased rates on a capital value basis," said Mr McCartney.

He said he opposed water charges and rates increases, and suggested the only way to avoid them may be to tell central government that a return to power-sharing could not happen until decades of underinvestment in Northern Ireland were rectified first.

He continued by claiming that while Mr Donaldson may be correct that NIO ministers do not have Ulster's interests at heart, ministers in the devolved government had been "guilty" of the same decisionmaking when in charge at Stormont.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

McCartney Slams DUP on Direct Rule
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?