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Rabbitte completely out of touch with peace process

11 July, 2005

Sinn Féin Dáil Group Leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  TD has described this afternoon’s comments from Labour Party leader Pat Rabbitte as ‘bizarre’ and ‘totally out of touch’.

Deputy Ó Caoláin  said:


“Pat Rabbitte’s vitriolic statement this afternoon is bizarre and shows how out of touch he is in terms of the peace process.  It now seems that his contribution is reduced to responding to wild speculation in the media.  Rather than assisting efforts to get the peace process back on track he seems to glory in the difficulties that exist and once again has no positive contribution to make.


“For the last six months the peace process has been in freefall.  On April 6th, Gerry Adams made an unprecedented appeal to the IRA to commit itself to purely peaceful and democratic methods.  It is clear that a positive response from the IRA would have an immediate and enormous impact on the political situation. It would restart the faltering peace process; remove from unionists their excuse for non-engagement and it would put enormous pressure on the DUP to come on board the peace process for the first time.


“Surely, Pat Rabbitte should be supporting such efforts and not reverting to the bizarre anti republican netherworld from which he first emerged.”ENDS



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