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Sinn Féin keen to hear Governments plan for political institutions

11 December, 2005

Sinn Féin Vice President Pat Doherty today said that his party wanted to hear from the two governments what their plan was to see the political institutions put back in place early in the new year.

Mr Doherty said:

"In recent days the two governments have indicated that they wish to see an intensive effort made early in the new year to put the political institutions back in place. Sinn Féin have been calling for such an effort for sometime.

"We now need to hear from the two governments exactly what they have planned and the route they are now going to take. It is now five months on from the historic decision by the IRA to end the armed campaign. It is three months on from the IRA dealing decisively and conclusively with the issue of arms.

"We need to see political progress made in the time ahead. The two governments cannot continue to allow the rejectionist position of the DUP to dictate policy. The Good Friday Agreement is not an optional position. It is an international treaty endorsed overwhelmingly by the people of Ireland.

"Sinn Féin are ready and willing to play our part in ensuring that the Agreement is delivered and the institutions put back n place. But the two governments have a massive responsibility to drive this process forward and that must be the focus of their efforts in the time ahead." ENDS

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