Vernon Coaker MP, Labour's Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary, responding to Owen Paterson's speech in Dublin yesterday, said:
"Owen Paterson's ill-judged comments are inappropriate and unhelpful.
"While he lectures the Northern Ireland Executive on good governance, his own party and government is riven with splits and stumbling from one crisis to another.
"It may be that in due course the Northern Ireland parties decide that changes should be made to the current arrangements at Stormont. But that debate should be led by them and not prematurely ordered by this out-of-touch Secretary of State.
"Owen Paterson needs to get on with his job and let the Northern Ireland Executive get on with theirs."