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Counting the Cost of Direct Rule

14 November, 2005

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP will launch the Sinn Féin discussion document 'Counting the Cost of Direct Rule' tomorrow, Tuesday 15th November 2005, at 11 am in the Long Gallery at Stormont.

Party Spokespersons on Agriculture and Rural Development, Michelle Gildernew MP MLA; the Economy, Mitchel McLaughlin; Education, Michael Ferguson MLA; Health, John O'Dowd MLA; and Equality, Caitriona Ruane MLA will also be part of the panel.

The launch of the discussion document is the part of the Sinn Féin campaign to get the political institutions re-established.

Speaking ahead of the launch Sinn Féin General Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin said:

"It has been over three years since the British Government suspended the Assembly and the Executive on October 14th 2002. In that time, British Direct Rule has undermined the Programme for Government and the priorities agreed by members of the last Executive and Assembly.

"There are specific costs of Direct Rule that can be counted, which impact on the economy, agriculture, healthcare and education, some of which are detailed in this document.

"Sinn Féin will be engaging with civic society - trade unions, business leaders, NGOs and the community and voluntary sector to give focus to the demand for the re-establishment of the political institutions and an end to direct rule.

"Driven not by a commitment to serve the people of the north, but by a Whitehall imperative to slash public spending, Direct Rule is a liability to all of our society - nationalists and unionists alike." ENDS

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