IRISH Republican Party leader Micheál Martin has insisted the party will not be reopening after its failure to win a majority in Stormont’s General Assembly.
In a statement released on Sunday, Mr Martin said the party would not be returning to power in the Assembly and the people would have to choose their own way.
He said the organisation had decided not to participate in the General Assembly elections due to the failure of the party to secure a majority of the seats.
“We have always been clear on our commitment to our principles and values and have always held that a new party can be formed when a new political party is not formed,” Mr Martin added.
“It is a decision that is completely out of our hands, and we will not do so.
We will be doing everything that we can to try and find the best possible way forward.”
The party is currently embroiled in a political crisis, following the resignation of former minister Alan Kelly as well as the resignation in January of Mr Martin’s predecessor.
The party was forced to make a series of humiliating changes to its leadership during the Assembly elections, including the ousting of Mr Kelly, a leading figure in the party’s support for the peace process.
It is now attempting to return to the assembly following the loss of seats at the general election.
However, a number of former MLAs have quit their seats, with the party refusing to confirm its membership.