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DUP need to stop propping up Direct Rule Ministers

17 November, 2005

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP will tonight attend the party's selection convention in Waterford. Mr McGuinness will be joined by local councillor and prospective TD David Cullinane.

Speaking today before the convention Mr McGuinness challenged the DUP to stop propping up the Direct Rule Administration and told the DUP leader that he could put the Direct Rule Ministers on the plane home tomorrow.

Mr McGuinness said:

"The reality for the DUP and for the rest of us is very clear. The current Direct Rule Administration in the north which is ravaging public services like health and education and proposing Water Charges and rates hikes can only be replaced by an inclusive power sharing Executive which involves Sinn Féin, the DUP, UUP and SDLP.

"The DUP can bluff and bluster all they like about the current situation but the only way in which they can effectively change the current direction of British government policies in the north is through ending their stalling and living up to their political responsibilities. That means engaging in the peace process, that means sitting down with Sinn Féin and the rest of the parties, that means re-establishing the all-Ireland political institutions.

"Ian Paisley told the two governments last year that the only obstacle to a power sharing executive was IRA arms. Ian Paisley has not denied this publicly. The issue of IRA arms has now been conclusively and decisively dealt with.

"Ian Paisley must now show real political leadership. Any excuses for refusing to move forward have been removed. He must now decide whether allow Direct Rule Ministers to make more bad decisions or to replace them with locally elected Ministers. If Ian Paisley and the DUP want to they could put the British Direct Rule Ministers on the plane home tomorrow." ENDS

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