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Time for the DUP to show political leadership

6 August, 2005

Sinn Féin Vice President Pat Doherty MP speaking during a meeting of the party’s Ard Chomhairle in Dublin this afternoon said:


“This is the first meeting of the Ard Chomhairle since the IRA decision to end its armed campaign and is being attended by party representatives from around the country.  The critical thing at this time is that momentum is maintained, and the people who can best do this are the Irish and British governments.  They need to continue with the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. 


“The IRA decision to end its armed campaign has opened up a huge opportunity.  I believe that many in the unionist community recognise the potential that exists and want the situation to move forward.  That section of unionism requires political leadership.”

Responding to questions about the return of the Colombia 3 Mr. Doherty said:

“I want to welcome the fact that the three men have returned to Ireland and are now safely back with their families.  I hope that this will continue to be the case.  It is a nonsense to suggest, as some people did last night, that the peace process is somehow in crisis as a result of their return.  That is patently not the case.  There was no deal to bring them home, it was not part of any negotiation.”ENDS



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