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Paisley harks back to another era

8 May, 2004

Responding to remarks made today by DUP leader Ian Paisley, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP said:

"The DUPs mandate entitles that party to nominate a representative for the post of First Minister. But if Ian Paisley's remarks mean that he does not accept the safeguards and protections built into the Good Friday Agreement, including the right of other parties to nominate a Deptuy First Minister, he is in effect saying that the DUP does not want to be part of any political institutions.

"In our ongoing discussions with the two governments Sinn Féin has strongly urged them to establish whether they believe the DUP is serious about the political process. Mr Paisley obviously harks back to another era and the governments need to take this into account. The rest of us cannot wait until the DUP grasp the concept of equality."ENDS

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