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Durkan must clarify SDLP position after McGrady remarks

15 January, 2005


Sinn Féin Assembly member for South Down Caitriona Ruane has demanded that the SDLP leader Mark Durkan clarifies his party's position regarding excluding the largest nationalist party, Sinn Féin, from the current process. Ms Ruane's demand comes after the SDLP MP Eddie McGrady indicated on Inside Politics that they were considering adopting the DUP proposal for a voluntary coalition.

Ms Ruane said:

" It is of course widely acknowledged that Mr McGrady would be closer to the unionist position than to those of us wedded to the ideal of a United Ireland. Nevertheless his comments on Inside Politics today will infuriate and anger the vast majority of nationalists and republicans.

" Mr McGrady very clearly indicates that the SDLP are considering running with the DUP proposal for some sort of voluntary coalition excluding the majority of nationalist opinion. The very least Mark Durkan can do now is to clarify publicly whether or not this is now the SDLP position." ENDS

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