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Sinn Féin responds to Dermot Ahern remarks on Coalition

12 October, 2004

Responding to comments made this afternoon by Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern indicating that he sees it an inevitable that Sinn Féin will serve in the Irish government in the future, Sinn Féin Assembly group leader Conor Murphy said:

"The Minister is simply acknowledging the reality that, with our increasing electoral mandate, Sinn Féin will serve in an Irish government in the future. However, any participation by Sinn Féin in a coalition will be determined by our party membership and by whether such a course would best advance our agenda of political, constitutional and social change."ENDS

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