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Sinn Féin is building the alternative

26 April, 2005

Sinn Féin General Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin responding to Seamus Mallon's tirade against the party this afternoon said "Sinn Féin is not interested in negative politics. What we are doing is offering the people an alternative. We are setting out how we believe the process can be put on track."

Mr. McLaughlin said:

"The peace process is in terminal decline. There is a need for bold and decisive action to rescue it. And when others could only resort to negative politics and inaction, Gerry Adams took a courageous initiative to put the peace process back on track.

"We now have an unprecedented opportunity to make progress, to finally and conclusively deal with the outstanding issues and to see the Good Friday Agreement realised in full.

"But instead of supporting such decisive action or putting forward other proposals, the outgoing MP falls back on the easy option and engages in negative politics.

"Sinn Féin is not interested in this type of approach. What we are doing is building an alternative.

" I believe that there is a collective responsibility to seize this opportunity to build on the enormous potential that now exists and to demonstrate that the political alternative does work, that it does deliver." ENDS

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