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de Brún urges unionists to 'think outside the box' on Dail speaking rights

3 August, 2005


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has today urged her fellow MEPS in the Six
Counties, Jim Nicholson and Jim Allister to 'think outside the box and
embrace the dynamics of all-Ireland politics'.

Ms de Brún made her comments after Jim Nicholson opposed future speaking
rights for northern MPs and MEPs to participate in Dail debates.

Speaking today Ms de Brún said:

"Sinn Féin would welcome moves by the Irish Government to secure the
rights of Six County political representatives to participate in the Dáil.
Sinn Féin has consistently raised the question of participation of northern
representatives to the Dáil and we would welcome any move by the Irish
government to give effect to these commitments.

"I would welcome the opportunity to debate with both Jim Nicholson MEP and
Jim Allister MEP on local, national and international issues in the Dáil.
Partition has failed both the nationalist and unionist communities. I
would call upon unionists political representatives to think outside the
box and embrace the dynamics of all-Ireland politics.

"I look forward to the day when I can address other political
representatives from north and south in the Dáil." ENDS


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