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Time to Establish All-Ireland Parliamentary Forum – Sinn Féin

6 February, 2008

Sinn Féin representatives Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Francie Brolly and Raymond McCartney today participated in a joint meeting between Leinster House party whips and the Assembly Committee on Procedures. Speaking prior to the meeting the Sinn Féin representatives said that they would be using the joint meeting to the raise the issues of the all-Ireland parliamentary forum and northern representation.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

"I welcome today's meeting between Leinster House Party whips and the Assembly Committee on Procedures. Sinn Féin wants to see joint meetings taking place between all Oireachtas Committees and their counterpart committees from the Assembly.

"There needs to be much more done in terms of joint work between both institutions and at today's discussion around Committee System and Structures we will be pushing for a programme of joint meetings between Oireachtas and Assembly Committees. Such a programme of joint meetings is key if cross-border co-operation and integration is to be accelerated across areas of policy such as health, physical infrastructure and job creation and if the underdevelopment of the border region is to be tackled.

"Sinn Féin will be using this meeting to discuss how progress can be made in advancing the issues of northern representation and the All-Ireland Parliamentary Forum. These are two particular issues which should have been progressed by now - ten years after the Good Friday Agreement. It is time that long standing commitments on northern representation were delivered on and that an all-Ireland Parliamentary Forum was established." ENDS

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