TUV has raised fresh questions about the involvement of the Dublin government in upcoming political talks about the future of Northern Ireland. TUV is excluded from the talks, but the Dublin Government has an as yet unspecified role.
Now, TUV is demanding to know if Dublin ministers are to be provided with an office in Parliament Buildings, something Jim Allister has denounced as “a highly symbolic and aggressive assertion of Dublin’s meddling”.
It has now emerged that on Monday the TUV MLA tabled a priority Question to the Assembly Commission which controls the building. Mr Allister asked:-
“To ask Assembly Commission what requests have been a) made and by whom; and b) granted and to whom in respect of the use of rooms in Parliament Buildings in connection with the upcoming political talks.”
Commenting Jim Allister said, “While the representatives of over 100,000 Unionist voters are deliberately excluded from these talks, it seems the red carpet is being rolled out for the foreign Dublin Government, with plans, I understand, to embed Dublin ministers in Parliament Buildings itself through the provision of offices specifically for their use.
“It’s time those unionists who are implicated in these talks took a stand on these issues. There is and can be no role for Dublin in negotiations about the future governance of Northern Ireland and no pandering to them by delivering them keys to offices within Stormont.”