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Sinn Féin TDs join Assembly election campaign

3 November, 2003

Speaking outside Sinn Féin's Antrim Road Constituency Office, North Belfast Assembly candidate Gerry Kelly said that hard-line unionists must accept the all-Ireland agenda of the Good Friday Agreement if they want to see a return of devolved government.' Mr. Kelly was accompanied by North Belfast Assembly candidate Kathy Stanton and Sinn Féin TDs - Séan Crowe (Dublin South West), Arthur Morgan (Louth), Aengus Ó Snodaigh (Dublin South Central).

Mr Kelly said:

"Sinn Féin is the only all-Ireland party. We are the only party who people vote for in Kerry and Derry, West of the Bann, West of the Shannon and in Belfast and Dublin.

"Last year in the elections in the 26 Counties the people returned five Sinn Féin TDs. Those TDs and their election teams along with other activists from the 26 counties will play a crucial role in the Assembly election campaign.

"They are proven winners and they along with their teams will be going into key constituencies over the next 4 weeks. These include places like East Derry, North and South Antrim, South Down, South Belfast and North Belfast. They will also assist in the republican heartlands West of the Bann.

"Sinn Féin is coming at this election in a positive manner. The feed back on the doorsteps so far has been excellent and I believe that we are going to have a good election.

"Our message is positive and our focus is on the future."

In a clear message to hard-line unionists Mr Kelly added:

"Hard-line unionists must accept the all-Ireland agenda if they want to see a return of devolved government." ENDS

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