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Adams - Sinn Féin going from strength to strength

10 May, 2005

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP this afternoon thanked all those who helped elect 126 Sinn Féin Councillors and five MPs across the North. He said that this remarkable result would allow Sinn Féin to continue its work to advance the peace process, build for Irish unity and bring about social and economic change.

Mr. Adams said:

"This week Sinn Féin has gone from strength to strength. Building on our success in last year's Local Government elections in the 26 Counties we now have representation for the first time in Limavady, Ballymena, Banbridge and Coleraine. We made gains in Ballymoney, Moyle, Antrim and Craigavon and our party was returned in even greater numbers in Omagh, Armagh, Dungannon, Magherafelt and Strabane.

"Almost one third of those elected for our party are women and many of our Councillors have been elected for the first time.

„This result is all the more remarkable given the poisonous atmosphere created by the vindictive campaign conducted by our opponents in the other political parties and by sections of the establishment media. There is an onus on all of them to accept that the people have spoken and to respect and uphold the rights of all sections of the electorate.

"Sinn Féin is about changing the face of local government. Our Councillors, particularly those elected to Councils where we have gained representation for the first time, will face the many challenges with courage, determination and integrity.

"They will join with our 126 Councillors in the 26 Counties to advance our agenda for change and to build a real alternative. Together they will work for equality and to strengthen the powers of Local Government. Among their key priorities are delivering quality services, promoting power-sharing, tackling discrimination and providing civic leadership and strong representation."ENDS

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