Both the DUP and Sinn Fein were accused as “wasting” taxpayers’ money as their ongoing dispute has meant no Government in the country for two years. The powers collapsed in January 2017 due to disagreements between the parties and despite numerous attempts to try and restore power, no agreement has ever been able to be agreed. And in a delivering a damning verdict on the two sparring parties, one audience member urged the politicians to sort the mess out.
She said: “As a taxpayer of Northern Ireland, when money going to stop being wasted on people not doing jobs?
“As an employee, if I don’t attend work I get fired.
“So when is this going to stop?
“Secretary of State needs to have courage and say if you don’t turn up you don’t get paid.
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“Or get new set of politicians, who will make decision and run the country and stop with politicians won’t go to work.
“You’re all a disgrace.”
The Northern Ireland Executive fell apart when Martin McGuiness resigned as Deputy First Minister.
Since 2007, the DUP have been the largest unionist party, while Sinn Fein have been the largest nationalist party.
The Secretary of State can bring in a mediator to try and resolve the issues, which happened similarly during the Good Friday Agreement talks in 1998.
The DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson told the show an agreement could be made but criticised Sinn Fein for being a minority party.
He said: “If we can’t get past this then reluctantly someone will have to take a decision and that will be made in Westminster.
“I am appealing to Sinn Fein, whatever differences we have, we can talk around a table.”
But John O’Dowd, from Sinn Fein, struck back: “There are 10 DUP MPs holding to future of the UK to ransom.
“The only way to get back into Government in Belfast is when agreement is approved when rights are the same as in England, Scotland and Wales.”