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Brian Hayes totally out of touch

9 September, 2005


Sinn Féin Councillor Daithí Doolan has described comments from Brian Hayes that Sinn Féin be banned from government as an absolute disgrace and said that Mr. Hayes has once again shown himself to be totally out of touch with the peace process, the electorate and with norms of democracy.  Councillor Doolan said that it is the people who will decide who is elected and not Brian Hayes.

 

Councillor Doolan said:

 

“Brian Hayes comments are an absolute disgrace and he has once again shown himself to be totally out of touch with the peace process, the electorate and with democratic norms. 

 

“Like other parties Sinn Féin will stand candidates in the forthcoming elections and seek the support of the electorate for our policies.  If Sinn Féin is given a sufficient mandate by the people we are as entitled to take office as any other party, if we choose to do so.  The decision on whether Sinn Féin will enter any form of Coalition at any time in the future will be made by the membership of Sinn Féin on the basis of whether this would advance our policy platform of equality and national reunification.

 

“Listening to Brian Hayes today reminded me of comments 11 years ago from the then leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, James Molyneaux, when he infamously said that the IRA cessation in 1994 was the most destabilising event since partition.  Like Molyneaux, Brian Hayes is clearly more comfortable with the certainties of conflict and division than with the opportunities created as a result of the IRA decision to end its armed campaign. 

 

“At a time when unionist paramilitaries are engaged in daily attacks on catholic churches, schools and homes Brian Hayes has been strangely silent.  Maybe he would be better off facing up to the challenges of making peace rather than subjecting the public to endless diatribes.”ENDS

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