UUP decides to withdraw from Northern Ireland Executive
29 August 2015
From the section N. Ireland Politics
The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) has confirmed that it will leave Northern Ireland’s ruling Executive.
Its ruling body voted unanimously in favour of a proposal by leader Mike Nesbitt for the party to pull out.
He had made the recommendation after police said members of the Provisional IRA were involved in murdering ex-IRA man Kevin McGuigan Sr.
Sinn Fein’s denial that the IRA existed made it “impossible to do business with them,” Mr Nesbitt said.
Danny Kennedy, the UUP’s only executive minister, would tender his resignation on Tuesday, the party leader added.
And he described the executive as a “busted flush”.
Chief Constable George Hamilton said in the wake of Mr McGuigan Sr’s murder that an infrastructure still exists at a senior level of the Provisional IRA.
But he added there was no evidence that the killing was sanctioned by that hierarchy.
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Source:: BBC UK