At this year's Sinn Féin Ard Fheis Deputy First Minister Martin McGuiness spoke quite critically of unionist ministers saying:
Of course McGuinness is absolutely on the money. At every opportunity unionist parties have tried to hold back the executive and make nuisances of themselves. The Deputy First Minister also had a pop at Tory PM Cameron by saying:"More than once in recent months the observation has been made to me that Sinn Fein ministers are in government with unionist ministers because we want to be, but that unionist ministers are in government with Sinn Fein because they have to be."
"Speaking frankly this isn't good enough. Fifteen years on we need to apply the very same political skills and political principles to politics in the here and now if we are to truly harness the great potential that still exists.
"I have no difficulty whatsoever in respecting unionists' allegiance to their Britishness, but it gives me no satisfaction to tell you that there is a marked reluctance by unionist leaders to respect the Irish identity of nationalists and republicans."
So this begs the question, WHY are unionists intent on trying to move NI backwards instead of forwards. The UUP and DUP should be working on fixing the north, not trying to score points over SF and nationalists. At a time when NI needs guidance it seems clear unionism, not to mention the London and Dublin governments are more concerned with going after SF at every opportunity. If they keep this up more and more Republicans and Nationalists will likely switch to the dissidents and that would truly bring catastrophe to the north of Ireland."It is unfortunate that his semi-detached approach to the peace process and delivering the outstanding commitments from Good Friday, St Andrews and Hillsborough has been in many ways mirrored by the current Irish government also...."