Green Party NI leader Clare Bailey MLA commented on the New Decade New Approach deal:
“I am hopeful that this is a deal that will see the restoration of the devolved institutions.
“There has been three years of stagnation with our public services deteriorating as a result of inaction and lack of decision making.
“People want a health service that doesn’t falter from crisis to crisis, we need an education system that delivers for our young people and we need action on climate breakdown.
“I’m encouraged to see mention of environmental protections and the Green New Deal in the New Decade New Approach document.
“However, it isn’t our vision for a Green New Deal which involves a huge, positive programme of work to prevent climate breakdown and address inequality across society.
“I also have concerns that reform of the Petition of Concern doesn’t go far enough and that the Ministerial Accountability procedures are not sufficiently independent.
“However, I think that this deal provides a chance to build towards delivery and accountability within the institutions.
“Of course, the devil is in the detail and we will continue to scrutinise the document in full in the hope that a two party agreement can create sustainable government.”
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