David Ford said: “This ridiculous megaphone diplomacy must end. Every time either party is on TV or radio they start another row in relation to the devolution of justice, dragging in all kinds of irrelevant issues.
“Going on TV in order to say something unhelpful plays right into the hands of those who want to see the Assembly brought down. The DUP and Sinn Fein need to realise that the devolution of justice is a vital part of political progress here, and should not use negotiations as a tribal power game.
“The parties must get around the table immediately, agree a way forward and agree a policy programme for the future Department.”