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Northern representation key Sinn Féin demand

6 December, 2004

Commenting on reports that Six County MPs are to secure rights to represent their electorate in the Dail, Sinn Féin TD for Louth Arthur Morgan said that this had long been a key demand for his party.

Deputy Morgan said:

"Sinn Féin has been campaigning for Northern representation in the Daíl and Senand as a matter of right for many years. If provisions are made for unionist MPs to attend and speak at Westminster then similar measures should be put in place for nationalist and republican representatives in the Daíl.

"Sinn Féin has presented detailed proposals on this issue to both the Oireachtas committee tasked to deal with this matter and in various negotiations with the Irish government including the latest one. I believe that the case for Northern Representation is compelling and our representations have received a positive hearing. I am hopeful that early progress can now be made on this important issue of equality and democratic rights in the time ahead."ENDS

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