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Paisley and McGuinness should address Seanad to mark 10th Anniversary of Good Friday Agreement - Doherty

4 March, 2008

Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has called on Senators to support a request he has made to the Committee on Procedures and Privileges to invite Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness to address the Seanad to mark the tenth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.

Speaking in the Seanad before Ian Paisley announced that he is to step down in May Senator Doherty said, "It has been a long tradition that we have a debate on the Six Counties and I am aware that one will be facilitated this year. Does the Deputy Leader know when that debate will take place, especially given that a number of events are being organised internationally and at home to mark the tenth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement negotiations?

"I ask that Senators support a request I have made to the Committee on Procedure and Privileges that as part of the debate in the Seanad we would invite the First Minister, Mr. Ian Paisley, and Deputy First Minister, Mr. Martin McGuinness, to address the House.

"There is ongoing debate in the media as to whether Ian Paisley will be First Minister next year. It would be apt that this would happen given it is ten years since the Agreement." ENDS

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