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Murphy demands SDLP withdraw Commissioner Proposal

8 March, 2006


Sinn Féin MP for Newry and Armagh Conor Murphy has today called on the SDLP to 'withdraw its proposal for the British to appoint unelected commissioners to run the north's departments.

Mr. Murphy described the SDLP position as giving comfort to the DUP and encouraging that party to believe that it can succeed in destroying the Good Friday Agreement.

The Newry Armagh MP also rubbished the SDLP's obsession with the so-called comprehensive agreement of 2004. Mr. Murphy said: 'There was no comprehensive Agreement in 2004. The governments brought forward proposals but there was no agreement.'

Mr. Murphy said:

"How can Mark Durkan claim that his party is opposed to any proposals which fall short of the Good Friday Agreement while advocating that the British government appoint unelected commissioners to run the various departments? This is an untenable position.

"The SDLP position, which is similar to the DUP proposal for a corporate Assembly, is giving comfort to the DUP and encouraging that party to believe that it can succeed in destroying the Good Friday Agreement.

"The SDLP should withdraw its commissioner proposal and make it clear its commitment to the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement." ENDS

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