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SDLP MLA comes clean on SDLP accepting less than GFA

20 January, 2006

Sinn Féin MP for Newry & Armagh Conor Murphy today said that the SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley has finally let the cat out of the bag in his admission in today's Daily Ireland newspaper that the SDLP make no apologies for considering alternatives to the power sharing executive.

Mr Murphy said:

"Sinn Féin revealed earlier this week that the SDLP were engaged in discussions with the DUP and UUP in bringing forward measures less than the power sharing Executive demanded by the Good Friday Agreement and endorsed by the people of Ireland.

"This is not the first time the SDLP have went down this road and sought to undermine the power sharing core of the Agreement. In May 2004 they proposed replacing locally elected Ministers heading the ten departments with British government appointees. This proposal encouraged anti-Agreement unionism in its efforts to subvert the Agreement, a strategy foiled by Sinn Féin in the negotiations in late 2004.

"Finally after days of denial the SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley has in today's Daily Ireland finally let the cat out of the bag. Not only does he admit that the SDLP are prepared to consider watering down the power sharing Executive he arrogantly proclaims that the SDLP makes no apologies for adopting such a strategy.

"Sinn Féin on the other hand will not accept the dilution of the Good Friday Agreement. We will not accept it from rejectionist unionism nor from the SDLP. Sinn Féin represent the vast majority of nationalists in the six counties. The SDLP have no mandate for renegotiating the Agreement with the DUP or anyone else." ENDS

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