Published Wednesday, 09 October 2013
Parliament Buildings at Stormont (© Getty)
The comments by David Trimble and Seamus Mallon were made as the pair received honorary degrees in Dublin on Tuesday.
Former Ulster Unionist leader Mr Trimble said Stormont is "not delivering much" for the people of Northern Ireland, other than its existence.
Mr Mallon criticised how the current DUP and Sinn Féin administration deals with problems.
Honorary doctorates of philosophy were conferred upon the former leaders by Dublin City University to mark the 15th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.
Finance Minister Simon Hamilton said people will be checking to see if it is April fool's day after hearing the former First Ministers' comments.
The DUP politician explained: "The comments from David Trimble and Seamus Mallon may have had many people reaching for the calendar to check that it wasn't 1 April.
"A severe case of political amnesia can be the only explanation for the inability of these men to recall the spectacular failure over which they presided."
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