DUP Leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP has visited the bonfire at Adams Street. He has also discussed the matter with his Ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive.
Commenting further Sir Jeffrey said,
“The suggested legal action against the police by two or three SDLP and SF Ministers is an unfortunate use of Ministerial Office. Such a use of public resources should be a matter for the Northern Ireland Executive to consider.
I have discussed this with my Ministerial team. As a result, the DAERA Minister has now written to his Executive colleagues reminding Ministers Mallon and Hargey of their legal duties under the Ministerial Code. Such controversial, significant or cross-cutting matters should be considered by the Northern Ireland Executive rather than individual Ministers.
It is deeply unfortunate when we are in the middle of a economic and health crisis that the focus of Sinn Fein and SDLP Minister is on a bonfire in North Belfast.
It is high time SF and the SDLP dialled down their anti-loyalist rhetoric, displayed some level of tolerance and focused on the real challenges in their Departments such as the flaws of welfare supports with Capita and tens of thousands waiting on a driving test.”