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SDLP opt out of Executive Proposal will delight unionists

11 October, 2004

Sinn Féin National Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin has said that anti-Agreement unionists would be 'delighted' at SDLP indications that they are considering boycotting any future Executive.

Mr McLaughlin said:

" Many people have been quite underwhelmed in recent weeks as the SDLP have sought to portray themselves as defenders of the Good Friday Agreement. This is the same party who supported legislation which allowed a British Minister to sanction or suspend a member of the Executive outside the terms of the Agreement and who arrived at Leeds Castle proposing 10 unelected individuals to head up the Departments.

" Now we have the SDLP threatening to boycott any future Executive. Anti-Agreement unionists will I am sure by delighted at this suggestion. Such a move would hand additional Executive power to the DUP and if the SDLP choose what would be seen as an easy option it would be to the detriment of the nationalist community, the Agreement and the Peace Process.

" Sinn Féin will continue to engage with the governments and the other parties and defend the Good Friday Agreement in the face of ongoing efforts to diminish its power sharing core by anti-Agreement unionists. Sinn Féin will not be running away from this task." ENDS

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