Relations between Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness hit a new low today as pressure mounted on the First Minister to agree arrangements for the transfer of policing and justice powers to the North.
The deputy First Minister claimed he had been unable to establish a relationship with the Democratic Unionist Party leader and branded his recent comments on powersharing scandalous.
The senior Sinn Féin man wants local security responsibilities as soon as possible and hoped to meet British Prime Minister Gordon Brown this week.
Mr Robinson wants to resolve major issues over funding but has said he is committed to devolution when the time is right.
Mr McGuinness said: “I have to record my annoyance at the fact I have not been able to develop a close working relationship with Peter Robinson.
“That is through no deficiency or lack of effort on my part.
“The DUP need to shake themselves, the DUP need to get real and they have to realise that if we are to move forward we have to move forward on the basis of equality and partnership.”