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Shock at Derry SDLP rejection of GFA and St Andrews

31 October, 2008


Derry Sinn Féin Councillor Gerry MacLochlainn has expressed shock at the rejection of equality and inclusiveness by SDLP councillors at the Derry City Council Meeting on Tuesday 27th October.

Speaking after SDLP Councillors voted against a Sinn Féin amendment calling on parties to "acknowledge the inclusiveness and equality components of the Good Friday and St. Andrews Agreements", Councillor MacLochlainn said:

"Following on from SDLP leader Mark Durkan's offer to dismantle the architecture of power sharing when he spoke at Oxford earlier this year, Helen Quigley clarified what this will mean for nationalists when she led her party to vote against an amendment supporting the Good Friday and St Andrew's agreements.

"The sad fact is that the SDLP are so keen to stitch up a deal with unreconstructed unionists that they are willing to abandon the hard won commitments to equality and inclusiveness. But for them to actually vote against the Good Friday and St Andrews Agreements takes this a shocking step further.

"The Nationalist and Republican electorate will be asking hard questions of the SDLP in the days ahead and in particular will be asking why Derry SDLP councillors voted against the following '… all Executive parties … to acknowledge the inclusiveness and equality components of the Good Friday and St. Andrews Agreements'." ENDS

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