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McGuinness -- It's time for the two governments to grasp the momentum

29 December, 2005


Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness said "It is time for both the Taoiseach and the British Prime Minister to grasp the momentum created by the IRA ending its armed campaign and decommissioning its weapons.  They need to bring forward a plan in early 2006 to see the restoration of the power sharing institutions in the north."

Mr. McGuinness said:

"Given the enormous events of this year with the IRA's decision to formally end its armed campaign, there is an expectation among the people of Ireland, that the Irish and British Governments will bring forward a plan in early 2006 to see the restoration of power-sharing institutions in the north.

"Sinn Féin wants to see the political institutions restored.  We want to be there with the other parties working in the interests of the people and being accountable and answerable to the electorate.  There are huge problems to be dealt with across the economy and in the delivery of public services and it is time that the era of day release Direct Rule Ministers is brought to an end.

"It is time for both the Taoiseach and the British Prime Minister to grasp the momentum created by the IRA ending its armed campaign and decommissioning its weapons during 2005.  It's time to lift the suspension and bring back the political institutions."ENDS

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