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Any attempt by the DUP to dilute All-Ireland agenda will be blocked – O'Dowd

5 February, 2009

Sinn Féin Upper Bann MLA and the party's Assembly Group leader John O'Dowd has criticised the DUP for their negative motion, coming before the Assembly this Monday, which questions the 'value' of the North-South Ministerial Council.

Speaking this evening Mr O'Dowd said,

"Upon receiving confirmation of this particular motion, Sinn Féin immediately instigated a petition of concern. The petition will mean that the motion will require the support of Sinn Féin to succeed, that support will not be forthcoming. This is the second petition of concern instigated by Sinn Féin over the past week, which put an immediate end to the DUP's attempts to dilute the institutions of the Good Friday Agreement.

"The DUP and others within the Assembly can be assured that any attempt to dilute the All-Ireland dimensions within the institutions will be stopped by Sinn Féin.

"This latest, cynical attempt by the DUP shows nothing more than their narrow focus on electoral contests. The North-South Ministerial Council works for the benefit of all citizens, north and south. The DUP would be benefiting its electorate more in working to advance these important aspects of Government as opposed to thinking up motions which are going nowhere." CRÍOCH

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