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Unionism knows that it needs to do business with republicans

28 April, 2005


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP speaking in Crossmaglen this afternoon where he joined party candidate Conor Murphy MLA said "In my view unionism knows, even though it might not admit it at this time, that it needs to do business with republicans. This was evident last December when the DUP was persuaded to embrace the Good Friday Agreement."

Mr. Adams said:

"Sinn Féin goes into these election as the largest pro-Agreement party. We are asking the electorate to confirm that status. After the election we want to do business with unionism. We are seeking an increased mandate for that.

"In my view unionism knows, even though it might not admit it at this time, that it needs to do business with republicans. This was evident last December when the DUP was persuaded to embrace the Good Friday Agreement. Ian Paisley knows this. Despite his current protestations he has, quite rightly in my view, conceded the principle of power-sharing. There may be issues of timing to be resolved but unless the DUP lose their nerve all this is doable.

"Beyond the politics of the peace process there are other big issues of job creation, water charges, education and health, racism and sectarisanism which need to be tackled. All of these effect every individual and every family, whether they are unionist, nationalist or republican. So there is a need to take political power back under local democratic control and to work together to build a proper quality of life for all in the time ahead."ENDS

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