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SDLP approach on power sharing exposed

19 September, 2008


Sinn Féin Assembly member for Upper Bann John O'Dowd today said that the view being put forward by Mark Durkan on power sharing was very simple - if the SDLP are not going to be the lead nationalist party then no nationalist or republican should exercise power.

Mr O'Dowd said:

"Two weeks ago in Oxford Mark Durkan in a very public way demanded an end to the power sharing institutions and the establishment of a system of government which would mean in effect unionist majority rule.

"His proposals were righty lambasted by broad nationalist and republican opinion. Despite this Durkan has pressed ahead. He clearly has no interest in being a smaller party in a power sharing administration and is seeking an alternative. His view is very simple - if the SDLP are not going to be the lead nationalist party then no nationalist or republican should exercise power.

"Yesterday we saw the physical manifestation of Durkan's anti-power sharing blueprint. An SDLP Minister being used by the leaders of political unionism for a photo opp. Both unionist leaders who of course oppose the transfer of powers on policing and justice, and are resisting equality and partnership government.

"Sinn Féin meanwhile will not be deflected from defending the Good Friday Agreement from attack and ensuring that peoples rights and entitlements are protected and delivered." ENDS

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