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Paisley accused of talking 'economic gibberish'

25 January, 2006

Sinn Féin economy spokesperson, Mitchel McLaughlin MLA has accused DUP leader Ian Paisley of talking economic gibberish and said that the biggest threats to the northern economy are partition and British Direct Rule.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"Ian Paisley is talking nonsense. There is no evidence to support the political policing agenda and claims of vast IRA criminal empires.

"The truth is that Ian Paisley is talking economic gibberish. The six counties is not a viable political or economic entity. Even Peter Hain recognises this. The real threats to economic well being in this part of the island are partition and Direct Rule. This is widely recognised across the business, manufacturing and industrial sectors.

"The failure to widen and deepen the all Ireland opportunities created by the Agreement has implications for economic development, for the development of infrastructure and for the delivery of public services not just in the six counties but across the northwest.

"The sooner the DUP wake up to the current political and economic realities the better. They need to work with Sinn Féin and others to build a long-term sustainable future for everyone on the island of Ireland.

"Getting caught up in the propaganda of those who are opposed to the peace process will not put bread on the table. It will only mean that the local economy is placed under greater threat." ENDS

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