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Call Assembly elections now - SF Dáil motion urges British government

29 September, 2003


On the return of the Dáil for its autumn session the Sinn Féin TDs have tabled a motion demanding that the British government call Assembly elections in the Six Counties. Publishing the motion, Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said:

"The repeated collapse of the institutions established by the Good Friday Agreement, and the repeated cancellation of elections by the British government is a cause of concern to all true democrats in Ireland. One of the last acts of the Dáil before the recess was to call for those elections to be held this autumn 'regardless of any other considerations'. The British government has still not called the elections and the Agreement which was supported overwhelmingly by people throughout Ireland is in limbo.

"This is not just an issue for people in the Six Counties. The all-Ireland basis of the Agreement has been undermined and the benefits for all our people, throughout the 32 Counties, in terms of rights, equality and economic development are being denied. The Dáil should make its voice heard loud and clear and I will be urging the Taoiseach to allow Government time to debate this vital issue."

Motion

That the Dáil:

- firmly reiterates its view as expressed by vote of the House on 28 May 2003 that it deeply regrets the decision of the British government to postpone the Assembly elections scheduled for 29 May 2003, a decision taken without the support of the Irish Government;

- strongly reiterates its view that those elections should take place quickly and, regardless of any other considerations, no later than the autumn;

- demands, therefore, that the British government calls Assembly elections without further delay.

- Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Seán Crowe, Martin Ferris, Arthur Morgan, Aengus Ó Snodaigh.

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