Taoiseach's move on Dáil participation is "welcome progress" - Ó Caoláin
Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has welcomed the decision of Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to invite MPs from the Six Counties to participate in the Dáil through “a Committee of the whole House” beginning in early 2006.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said, “The Taoiseach has informed me, together with other party leaders, by letter this morning that he is to invite MPs from the Six Counties to participate in the Dáil through ‘a Committee of the whole House’ which will discuss matters relating to the Good Friday Agreement and the North of Ireland. It would meet at least every six months.
“This is a very important development and represents welcome progress. Throughout the peace process Sinn Féin has been campaigning for Dáil representation for people in the Six Counties. While this proposal does not involve full representation it is clearly a step forward. Full representation and full participation remains Sinn Féin’s goal.
“It is now for the parties in the Oireachtas to agree the format of this special committee of the whole Dáil and I urge them to do so as soon as possible so that the first meeting can go ahead on the resumption of the Dáil after the Christmas recess. I look forward to welcoming representatives from the Six Counties to Leinster House in 2006.” ENDS