18 November 2005

DUP calls for Hain's resignation

BBC


The DUP has called on Peter Hain to resign

The DUP has called on Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain to resign after he said the economy "is not sustainable in the long term".

Mr Hain told the New York weekly newspaper, the Irish Echo, that "the island of Ireland should in future be marketed as a single entity".

DUP assembly member George Dawson said Mr Hain should resign.

The row comes as the DUP is due to meet the Irish prime minister in Dublin on Friday.

Mr Dawson, who described Mr Hain's comments as "disgraceful and insulting, inaccurate and unjustifiable," added that his role was to build confidence in the Northern Ireland economy.

'Unsustainable'

"Speaking in America, the secretary of state has done inestimable damage to the Nothern Ireland economy," Mr Dawson said.

"And rather than the Northern Ireland economy being unsustainable, I rather think it is the secretary of state's position which is unsustainable at the moment."

A DUP delegation led by party leader Ian Paisley will hold talks with Bertie Ahern and Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern.

The DUP refused to take part in talks with the Irish and British governments on Monday, jointly hosted by Dermot Ahern and Mr Hain.

The party said it was not taking part as the talks seemed to be nothing more than stock-taking.


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