Leaked paper a piece of pro-unionist wishful thinking
Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy said tonight that the NIO paper leaked to the BBC is a piece of pro-unionist wishful thinking.
Conor Murphy said:
"The NIO paper does not reflect or, in any way, represent the Sinn Fein position in relation to the Assembly or the numbers of departments.
"These are issues for the negotiations in tandem with a range of other matters of equal, if not greater significance.
"If there is any growing consensus on this issue it certainly does not involve Sinn Fein.
"In reality this leaked paper represents pro-unionist wishful thinking within the NIO.
"Its publication is damaging and smacks of unhelpful game-playing when we need real and responsible engagement to reach a comprehensive, balanced and inclusive agreement." ENDS/CRÍOCH