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Sinn Féin will decide on coalition based on equality agenda and Irish unity - Ó Caoláin

17 October, 2004


Commenting on Taoiseach Bertie Ahern's remarks at Bodenstown, Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said : "The decision on whether Sinn Féin will enter any form of Coalition at any time in the future will be made by the membership of Sinn Féin on the basis of whether this would advance our policy platform of equality and national reunification."

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"If Sinn Féin is given a sufficient mandate by the people we are as entitled to take office as any other party, if we choose to do so.

"Let us be very clear. We do not accept any pre-conditions to the restoration of the institutions established under the Good Friday Agreement and to our return to the Executive. Nor do we accept any second-class status for our electroate in this Sate.

"The question many Sinn Féin members are asking is why would our party want to go into Coalition with a Fianna Fáil party leadership whose political home seems to be in Punchestown rather than Bodenstown.

"In policy terms it is my belief that Fianna Fáil is far from ready for government with a progressive party like Sinn Féin. They have a long way to go before our membership would accept them.

"The decision on whether Sinn Féin will enter any form of Coalition at any time in the future will be made by the membership of Sinn Féin on the basis of whether this would advance our policy platform of equality and national reunification." ENDS

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