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Ahern should now act on Oireachtas Northern Representation

18 September, 2007

Sinn Féin MLA Mitchel McLaughlin (South Antrim) has called on an Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to honour his commitment to representation in the Oireachtas for elected representatives from the six-counties now that he has embraced` all-Ireland politics.

Mitchel McLaughlin said:

"Bertie Ahern committed to Oireachtas representation for northern citizens as part of the Good Friday Agreement. Now that he has finally embraced the concept of all-Ireland politics it would be the opportune time for him to now deliver on that commitment.

"Irish citizens should not be denied their constitutional right to participate fully in the life of the Nation just because they were abandoned behind an artificial border imposed by a foreign power.

"Otherwise, if Bertie Ahern follows through on his intention to organize on an all-Ireland basis how could he justify it to his supporters if those in the 26-counties were to be given full national rights while those in the 6 were not." ENDS

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