Fianna Fáil Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Darragh O’Brien has urged parties in the North to remember the challenges facing the region as they embark upon the upcoming Assembly Election and remember that all the challenges that are being cited as reasons for a snap election will still be in place when the election is over.

Deputy O’Brien commented, “In common with many others across the island, I find this evening’s confirmation that we are now facing fresh Assembly elections just 8 months after the last election deeply frustrating.

“The behaviour of the DUP in the run up to this latest crisis has been infuriating, but the decision on behalf of Sinn Féin to pull down the Executive and go to fresh elections has set the scene for a divisive and further polarising election that will achieve nothing, create a new impasse, deal with none of the issues that led to the crisis and cast a shadow over the future path of the North.

“All this comes at a time when a cohesive and articulate Executive in Northern Ireland is more important than at any other time – just as the British Prime Minister moves to trigger the UK’s exit from the European Union.

“As the last week has played out and as the rhetoric on all sides has hardened, it is impossible to escape the conclusion that once again, narrow party political considerations have won the day over responsible governance.”