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SDLP continue with negative agenda

7 February, 2010 - by John O'Dowd

Commenting on attacks over the weekend at the SDLP conference on the recent Agreement, Sinn Féin Assembly group leader John O’Dowd said

“Friday was a good day for politics. The agreement reached at Hillsborough between Sinn Féin and the DUP ensures an early transfer of policing and justice powers and provides a solid basis for the political institutions to move forward on.

“It is disappointing that the SDLP should use their annual conference as a platform to share the ground held by rejectionist unionists like Jim Allister in criticising an agreement which has been welcomed widely by ordinary citizens.

“Sinn Féin want to work with the SDLP and the other parties in the Executive in delivering for communities. Unfortunately in recent years the SDLP have instead been more interested in standing on the sidelines and sniping as Martin McGuinness and others did the heavy lifting.

“Judging by the tone of the SDLP conference this weekend it seems that the policy of negative politics, self exclusion and a semi detached involvement in the Good Friday Agreement political institutions is set to continue.” ENDS

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