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Paisley challenged over Clinton remarks

25 May, 2005

Sinn Féin MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew this evening dismissed remarks made today by the DUP leader Ian Paisley attacking the role played by former US President Bill Clinton in the peace process.

Ms Gildernew said:

"It is possible that if Ian Paisley had the courage to remain within the political negotiations which led to the Good Friday Agreement instead of walking away and then catching up with the process years later he may have experienced at first hand the positive role which was played by President Clinton and his administration in the search for peace and justice in Ireland.

"Mr Paisley's ill-judged remarks today are the latest in a long line of irresponsible commentary from the DUP leader. Mr Paisley needs to reflect upon the political responsibility which comes with an increased political mandate and behave accordingly.

"Sinn Féin are determined to see progress made in the time ahead. The two governments clearly have a massive responsibility to ensure that this happens. The people of Ireland who voted for the Good Friday Agreement in such large numbers cannot be expected to wait forever for the DUP to begin to grasp basic concepts of equality and democracy." ENDS

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