Sinn Féin challenges Murphy at Belfast meeting
A Sinn Féin delegation including Michelle Gildernew, Conor Murphy and Alex Maskey today met with the British Secretary of State Paul Murphy at Stormont Castle. Speaking after the meeting Conor Murphy said:
" Today's meeting with Paul Murphy was at the request of Sinn Féin and predated the publication of the IMC report. However we used the opportunity to make it very clear to Mr Murphy that his decision to take discriminatory action against Sinn Féin was totally unacceptable.
" Sinn Féin, unlike the British government, are not in breach of the Good Friday Agreement. We have fulfilled all our responsibilities and obligations and will continue to do so. Sinn Féin will not be held responsible for any words or deeds other than our own.
" The decision to remove block assistance from our party is discriminatory. It discriminates against both our party and those we represent. The British government have no right to penalise political parties or elected political representatives in Ireland. We reminded Paul Murphy that he does not have any elected mandate in this country.
" Sinn Féin will continue to demand for our electorate the same democratic rights, entitlements and treatment as all other sections of the electorate." ENDS