Published Monday, 10 September 2012
Alasdair McDonnell proposed a vote of no confidence against Nelson McCausland. (© Pacemaker)
Mr McDonnell said Mr McCausland failed to condemn the actions of loyalist bands that breached the rulings in Belfast last month.
Restrictions were imposed after a loyalist band played a song alleged to be sectarian outside St Patrick's Church on Donegall Street on the Twelfth of July.
In August the Young Conway Volunteers breached a ban imposed on them from marching past the church while other bands breached a ruling that they should only play a single drumbeat while going past the building during a Royal Black Institution parade.
After informing assembly Speaker Willie Hay, Mr McDonnell said: "The Minister failed to condemn the sectarian actions of the Young Conway Volunteers outside St Patrick's Church on the Twelfth.
"He has since hidden behind a deeply disingenuous line on civil disobedience to mask his failure to condemn the illegal actions of lodges and bands who flagrantly breached the Parades Commission determinations on 25 August.
"The Minister is quick to publicly judge on breaches by the nationalist community - it is time he exercised balance in his work."
Mr McDonnell claims that Mr McCausland has failed to uphold Ministerial pledges "in his failure to uphold law and order and promote good community relations".
But Mr Hay said he wouldn't allow the motion of censure to be heard, as it is a matter for OFMDFM.
"As the member will know I rule as speaker; I have no role in deciding whether a pledge of office, by any particular minister, which even includes the ministerial code, (...) has been breached," he told the assembly.
Responding in a statement, the south Belfast MP said he would instead be bringing a motion of no confidence before the house.
He said: "If our community is to move forward, it must do so in a spirit of partnership and reconciliation and the least we can expect is for those at the heart of government to uphold that spirit - Minister Nelson McCausland has manifestly failed to do so and action must be taken."
UTV's Political Editor Ken Reid says the party needs 30 signatures for the motion to be brought before the Assembly.
"I'm not sure they can achieve that," he said.