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Hain must end sanctions programme

12 May, 2005

Sinn Féin MP for Fermanagh & South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew has called on the new British Secretary of State Peter Hain to immediately lift the programme of sanctions and discrimination placed upon the Sinn Féin electorate by his predecessor.

Ms Gildernew said:

" The recent elections have once again strengthened the Sinn Féin mandate for change. Despite efforts by the NIO and the former British Secretary of State Paul Murphy to try and damage our electoral fortunes through a programme of sanctions and discrimination the people of the six counties voted in even larger numbers for our party.

" Sinn Féin will defend our mandate and defend the rights and entitlements of those who vote for our party but the British government need to heed the message which is being sent to them by voters here. The British government does not have one vote in Ireland. The new British Secretary of State Peter Hain must now end the sanctions programme against our electorate and get back to the job of making politics work and seeing the political process advanced further in the time ahead." ENDS

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