McGuinness: Future of entire Maze site 'jeopardised'
Martin McGuinness said the DUP's withdrawal of support for the peace building centre at the Maze Long Kesh site had "jeopardised the the future of the site as a whole", on 30 September 2013.
Speaking during Assembly question time, the deputy first minister said violence on the streets "perpetrated in the main by elements within loyalism" represented "a real challenge to these institutions".
He said that serious questions had to be asked about the response of unionist leaders to the activities on the streets.
Referring to the recent shooting of a young woman in east Belfast, Mr McGuinness said that, "if republicans were involved in that sort of activity we wouldn't have the same silence that that we have from some of the benches in this Assembly".
Ulster Unionist Danny Kinahan suggested that recent talk of a crisis was "competitive posturing between Sinn Fein and the DUP".
The minister said he was not the kind to posture.
"For me it's about the commitment of all of us to face down violent extremists," he said.
In reply to a question from Sinn Fein's Alex Maskey about the Maze Long Kesh site, Mr McGuiness said:
"The role of the development corporation and the board have been undermined and called into question, and no further development can take place until this has been satisfactorily resolved."
The TUV leader, Jim Allister wanted to know if the minister had ever, "from his inside knowledge from his position of leadership in the republican movement done anything to help the police catch the child-killers of Warrington or the Birmingham bombers"
The minister said he had been "pleased and delighted to go to Warrington" recently to give a lecture.
"I don't have any personal knowledge about the individuals who were involved in either the events at Warrington or the events in Birmingham," he said.
Mr McGuinness said he hoped that the current talks chaired by Richard Haass would achieve a resolution to the matter of dealing with the past.
He said that Mr Allister often portrayed himself as "a paragon of virtue" but it had been "quite interesting to see him standing with leading members of the UVF at a recent demonstration in north Belfast".
Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy answered questions on a number of matters from car parking in south Belfast to land-vesting for the A5 road development.