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Hain knows that unionist refusal to share power on the basis of equality is the problem

30 December, 2005


Sinn Féin General Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin MLA has said that Peter Hain knows what needs to be done to get the institutions back up and running and challenged the British Secretary of State to tackle unionist refusal to share power on the basis of equality head on.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"Peter Hain knows that the real problem is the refusal of unionists to share power on the basis of equality. It is this reluctance that the British Secretary of State needs to tackle head on.

"The British government could, and Sinn Fein have argued should, lift their unilateral suspension of the institutions tomorrow. This would put immediate pressure on unionists to engage.

"It is this sort of leadership that is required.

"It is not nationalists or republicans who are reluctant to move forward but unionists.

"There are important decisions being taken everyday by British direct rule ministers that are not being taken in the best interests of local people but in the interests of an agenda set in London and Whitehall. This is why we are being short changed and threatened with water charges and huge rates increases.

"Unionists know that the only way to get rid of direct rule is to engage in getting the institutions back up and running." ENDS

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