posted on Sep, 10 2015 @ 11:14 AM
News just breaking so not much info yet.
Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson steps down and withdraws ministers, plunging devolved government into crisis.
Mr Robinson said he has asked his party colleague Arlene Foster to take over as acting first minister.
The crisis was sparked by the murder of a former IRA man, Kevin McGuigan Sr, in Belfast last month.
The DUP took action following a police assessment that IRA members may have been involved in the killing.
The row escalated when detectives arrested a senior member of Sinn Féin as part of the murder inquiry.
The party's chairman in Northern Ireland, Bobby Storey, is still being questioned.
Mr Robinson said: "The failure of the SDLP and Sinn Féin to implement the Stormont House Agreement, together with the assessment of the chief
constable of the involvement of the IRA in murder, the continued existence of IRA structures, and the arrests that followed has pushed devolution to
"In light of the decision by republicans, nationalists and the Ulster Unionist Party to continue with business as usual in the assembly, I am
therefore standing aside as first minister and other DUP ministers will resign with immediate effect with the exception of my colleague Arlene
"I have asked Arlene to remain in post as finance minister and acting first minister to ensure that nationalists and republicans are not able to take
financial and other decisions that may be detrimental to Northern Ireland."
edit on 10-9-2015 by capragenus because: (no reason given)
on 10-9-2015 by capragenus because: Info update