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Doolan describes McDowell comments as disgraceful

7 March, 2004

Sinn Féin representative for Dublin South East, Daithí Doolan, has described Michael McDowell's comments in the Sunday Star as disgraceful. He said: "Minister McDowell would be better off doing the job that he is being paid to do rather than jeopardising the peace process for party political advantage."

Mr. Doolan said:

"People know that the Minister is acting in a totally cynical manner but there is growing amazement that he is willing to jeopardise the peace process for party political advantage.

"Ordinary people are fed up listening to the President of the most right-wing party in this country abusing his position to attack Sinn Féin in the run up to the European Union and Local Government elections.

"People know who is responsible for lengthening hospital waiting lists, the widening poverty gap, rising house prices and the withdrawal of funding to community projects across the state.

"They also know that Sinn Féin is working hard to get the peace process back on track, that we are working in our local communities and that we are the only alternative to the cosy political cliques that have run this state for so long.

"Given his almost singular focus on Sinn Féin, it is little wonder that the portfolio for which Minister McDowell is responsible is in such disarray. It is time that he got back to doing that job that he is being paid to do."ENDS

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