McGuinness - Sinn Féin on the verge of an historic advance
At the launch of the party's election campaign, Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness was joined by party colleagues Caitríona Ruane, Kathy Stanton, Alex Maskey and Pat Doherty.
Mr. McGuinness said:
"The story of this election will be the return of Sinn Féin to the Assembly as the largest nationalist party.
"The pro-Agreement electorate recognises that Sinn Féin are the most effective negotiators.
"For that reason people want to see a Sinn Féin First or Deputy First Minister. I believe that will happen.
"We have delivered significant change. Republicans have taken risks for this process and we are asking people to endorse this.
"Sinn Féin is on the verge of an historic advance which will be seen across the north in Belfast, North and South Antrim, East Derry, Upper Bann, Lagan Valley and South Down, as well as republican heartlands West of the Bann and in Newry & Armagh.
"In this election we are asking people to join with us in defending the Good Friday Agreement against those who wish to destroy it. There will be no renegotiation. Sinn Féin will ensure that the Agreement is implemented in full. I am appealing for people to come out and vote in this election. We cannot take anything for granted.
"A vote for Sinn Féin in this election is a vote for change. It is a vote for peace. And it is a vote for the implementation of your agreement."ENDS