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Paisley challenged over power sharing

13 November, 2005

As part of an address this afternoon at the annual Edentubber commemoration in County Louth, Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness challenged the DUP leader Ian Paisley to come clean over his attitude to re-entering the power sharing institutions.

Mr McGuinness said:

" Last year the two governments made it clear to Sinn Féin during a number of meetings that Ian Paisley had indicated to them that the only obstacle to a return to the power sharing institutions was the issue of arms.

" The IRA have decisively dealt with that issue. It is no longer an issue for the process. Is Ian Paisley now going to step up to the mark? Is Ian Paisley going to follow through on what he said to the two governments last year?

" The DUP have sat back for too long. We need to get the political institutions back up and running. Week by week the Direct Rule Administration is taking decisions based not on the needs or requirements of the people but on fiscal considerations in the British Treasury. Are the DUP content to sit back and watch this happen or are they finally going to stop hiding behind rhetoric and show real political leadership." ENDS

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