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DUP need to stop looking for excuses

14 October, 2005

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP today challenged the DUP to stop looking for excuses for not engaging and get down to the business of replacing unaccountable British Ministers with locally accountable decision making.

Mr McGuinness said:

" The recent historic initiatives by the IRA have dealt with genuine unionist concerns about republican intentions in a definitive way. It is my belief that we now have a major opportunity to move forward and make progress in the time ahead.

" The DUP as the political leaders of unionism need to stop looking for excuses for not engaging and instead join with the rest of us in re-establishing the political institutions and delivering for the people who elect us. Ordinary people frustrated at the intention of the Direct Rule Ministers to proceed with unpopular and unwarranted policies such as Water Charges or Education Cuts are demanding that we get down to the job of replacing these unaccountable British Ministers with proper locally accountable decision making.

" This can only happen within the framework laid out in the Good Friday Agreement, a framework which the DUP signed up for last December. The speedy re-establishment of the political institutions in the wake of the recent IRA initiatives has to be the political priority in the time ahead." ENDS

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