Political reaction on Twitter to Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness' resignation
POLITICAL reaction to Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness' resignation was swift.
Party president Gerry Adams praised his colleague for "10 years of valiant service".
Ten years of valient service in Office Of First&DeputyFirst Minister Martin McGuinness signs resignation letter. GRMA chara 4 all Ur work. pic.twitter.com/1i4ezDTF5h— Gerry Adams (@GerryAdamsSF) January 9, 2017
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson tweeted "As unwell as Martin is, he still oozes strength, dignity & leadership - he is my leader & I am so proud of him".
Alliance Party leader Naomi Long made reference to a Facebook post by Arlene Foster that raised eyebrows last week.
Meanwhile, UUP leader Mike Nesbitt urged Justice Minister Claire Sugden to call a public inquiry into the Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) by 5pm when Martin McGuinness' resignation will take effect.
Claire Sugden should call a public inquiry into RHI by 5pm @uuponline— Mike Nesbitt (@mikenesbittni) January 9, 2017
Sinn Féin had rejected terms of reference for an inquiry into the botched heating scheme drawn up by the head of the civil service and last week proposed new terms of reference for a judge-led inquiry.
Writing in today's Belfast Telegraph Arlene Foster said she would have accepted a public inquiry even though "I do not believe that it is the best way to proceed".
DUP MP Sammy Wilson was critical of Sinn Féin's decision not to replace Martin McGuinness after his resignation.
The Finance Minister said he would 'defend the public purse' this morning. Except SF's actions mean no RHI plan or budget....— Sammy Wilson MP (@eastantrimmp) January 9, 2017
The SDLP put the blame for the RHI crisis and a looming election at the first minister's door.
Non-elected representatives were feeling the pain too.
here's one for all of us who have been working flat out planning meetings and events with MLAs and Ministers pic.twitter.com/3qM2i17Foi— Lisa McElherron (@Lisamcelherron) January 9, 2017