Sinn Féin welcomes Fianna Fáil announcement to 6 Counties
Sinn Féin Assembly Group leader, Upper Bann MLA John O'Dowd the announcement from Taoiseach Bertie Ahern that Fianna Fáil intend to develop its party within the 6-counties.
Mr O'Dowd said:
"Sinn Féin welcome the announcement from Taoiseach Ahern. It is nearly ten years since the Good Friday Agreement was endorsed by the people of the island. Unfortunately, it has taken Fianna Fáil this long to embrace the positive aspects of developing its party throughout the 32 counties but we are encouraged that the Taoiseach has now finally acknowledged the importance of such a move.
"It is encouraging that the Fianna Fáil leadership is finally incorporating an all-island approach into its political priorities and strategies.
"Sinn Féin has consistently argued the social, economic and political benefits of a broad all-island agenda. We are delighted that Fianna Fáil has finally taken our lead and look forward to the political challenges ahead should they progress beyond the initial committee work." ENDS