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O'Donnell's comments 'common sense' says Morgan

19 April, 2004

Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan, who is attending the British/Irish Inter-parliamentary meeting in Cork today, welcomed comments made by the Progressive Democrat TD, Liz O'Donnell, regarding recent attacks on Sinn Féin as "rational" and "common sense". Speaking at the meeting Ms O'Donnell had called for an end to the campaign of "Sinn Féin bashing" that is being led by her Party colleague Michael McDowell. Deputy Morgan went on to urge others, especially Government TDs, to end their "unsubstantiated and unfounded attacks" on the Party saying they were "unhelpful and contributed nothing" to resolving the ongoing difficulties in the peace process.

Deputy Morgan said, "I would like to acknowledge and welcome the comments of the Progressive Democrats TD Liz O'Donnell. I believe the comments are common sense and indeed that they reflect the reality of the situation on the ground in relation to the peace process. In her comments there is a clear acknowledgement of the positive contribution to the search for a lasting peace on this island by Sinn Féin and indeed that the IRA has also engaged positively in the process.

"I would urge others to look beyond the local and EU elections and to recognise the damage they are doing to the wider process with their ongoing unsubstantiated and unfounded attacks on my party. They are unhelpful and have contributed nothing to resolving the ongoing difficulties we all face and have in fact given succour to those who were and are most opposed to the Good Friday Agreement.

"Liz O'Donnell's rational assessment of the current situation stands in stark contrast to the selfish, hysterical and dishonest utterances of many senior members of the coalition Government from both Fianna Fáil and the PDs." ENDS

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