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Sinn Féin leadership strategy meeting in County Meath

5 February, 2004

The Sinn Féin Ard Comhairle and regional leadership representatives are meeting today in County Meath for a brainstorming session on political strategy.

A senior party spokesperson said:

"The meeting is reviewing the party's attitude to the political process and future negotiations. There is a particular focus on the need to get both governments to honour their commitments and obligations. These include:-

  • Ending the suspension of the political institutions;
  • Effective human rights and equality mechanisms, including cultural and political equality of treatment;
  • A speedy transition to civic policing, especially the ending of partisan political control, accountability and representativeness;
  • Demilitarisation;
  • Prisoners and outstanding anomalies arising from the release programme ("OTRs").

"The meeting will receive a detailed report on the party's preparations for the upcoming local government elections in the South and the European Union Elections.

"Party president Gerry Adams warned today's gathering to expect a continued and sustained political assault on Irish republicanism focused on Sinn Féin and involving the Irish government."

The Sinn Féin spokesperson added:

"Sinn Féin's success in last year's Assembly elections have rattled the Southern establishment. The most conservative elements are now focused almost entirely on short term electoral concerns. This can be expected to become increasingly hysterical and strident at the prospects of further success in the South.

"Sinn Féin will not be distracted by this. The party's focus has to be on building the peace process and on developing Sinn Féin's political strength across the island." ENDS

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