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FG motion offers nothing to advance process

8 February, 2005

Sinn Féin Dáil group leader, Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin, described the motion put down by Fine Gael for Private Members Business this evening as "every negative‚ and offering nothing in terms of moving the whole peace process forward".

Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "This is a very negative motion from Fine Gael. They seem to be returning to the failed agenda of their former leader John Bruton.

"The motion offers nothing in terms of moving the whole peace process forward. The fact that they have struggled to find a set of words, withdrew their original motion and have now rushed to produce a substitute motion, best illustrates their complete failure to understand the complexities of the issues that face us all in terms of trying to resolve the outstanding difficulties.

"Their narrow-minded and blinkered anti-republican agenda has well and truly exposed. In fact it stands in marked contrast to their lack of concern on other issues. Where was Fine Gael's outrage and indignation at the failure of Paul Murphy and the British Government to provide information in relation to the role of their forces in the Dublin/Monaghan bombings and other acts of collusion in this state?

"The Sinn Féin amendment focuses on the Good Friday Agreement. That's the basis for us all to move forward.

"We will defend the mandate of our party which has the support of over a third of a million voters on this island. They are decent people who want peace and justice and we will not let them be maligned by a party that has done little or nothing to advance the cause of justice and equality for all people on this island.

"The Agreement says that all the parties have a responsibility to work together to implement the Agreement. That's the context in which we will all collectively solve the issue of arms and armed groups. That is not the sole responsibility of Sinn Féin." ENDS

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