Aul Frew’s remarks came as he asked Deputy Prime Minister Michelle O’Neill how long the emergency powers taken by the executive would remain in place.
Ms O’Neill rejected her qualification because she made it clear that the powers would remain in place “as long as necessary” to protect public health.
Speaking during Question Time in the Assembly, North Antrim MP Paul Frew, who briefly served as Minister of the Economy during the turmoil in the leadership of the DUP this summer, said: “ Given the draconian nature of emergency powers and the undemocratic evil they cause, impact of the lockdown measures on mental health, suicide, self-harm, on the isolation of our people, what work the executive he undertook to establish the true cost of the executive’s undemocratic decisions. “
Ms O’Neill replied: “There is a bit of irony, I think, in that statement.
“I mean, the executive has made democratic decisions throughout the pandemic, the executive has sought to work together to protect lives and livelihoods, the executive and every minister sitting around this table are there to do the good of the public we serve.
“And it’s important that we keep doing it because we’re not out of the woods yet and we still have some way to go. “
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Ms O’Neill said she wanted to take a proactive approach as the executive reviews the remaining restrictions, which cover nine areas.
“I certainly don’t want us to be in a position again where we have to consider things like circuit breakers and interlocks,” she said.
“I’m very confident this has been a democratic journey we’ve been on within the executive on trying to get us out of what has been some very dark and difficult days in, hopefully, what’s going to be a future. better. “
On the maintenance of emergency powers, the Deputy Prime Minister said: “At present and in accordance with the way out of the restrictions, the regulations will remain in place for as long as necessary to protect health and welfare. to be of our people and to reduce the pressures. on the health service, in particular with the approach of the autumn-winter period which promises to be difficult. “
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