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SDLP need to recognise new political realities

29 January, 2008 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP MLA commenting on the SDLP decision to vote against the power-sharing Executive's, of which it is a member, Programme for Government has said that the party 'has been unable to come to terms' with the new political realities.

Mr Adams said:

"The decision by the SDLP yesterday to vote against the Programme for Government is evidence of a party that is totally and absolutely confused.

"The reality is that the SDLP believed that these institutions would not be re-established. Their entire political position was predicated on the belief that the DUP and Sinn Féin were the problem parties.

"Since the institutions were re-established the SDLP leadership has been unable to come to terms with this new reality and the new political dispensation.

"Yesterday's SDLP decision was ad hoc and on a whim of the party leader in the course of the Programme for Government debate. It was not a considered position. Last week the SDLP voted for the Programme for Government and the Budget in the Executive. This week they vote against it without offering any rationale or credible reason for doing so." ENDS

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