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Governments pandering to DUP - a failed approach

14 March, 2006


Sinn Féin MP for Newry & Armagh Conor Murphy today began a two day trip to London where he will amongst other engagements brief a cross party group of MPs on efforts to see political progress secured in the coming period.

Speaking as he left Belfast Mr Murphy said:

“Undoubtedly significant progress can be made in the coming period towards seeing the political institutions restored and the other outstanding matters resolved. It is my firm belief that this is what the vast majority of people across Ireland wish to see happen. However the process will remain stalled if the two governments continue with their current approach of pandering to the DUP and their rejectionist agenda.

“It has long since past the time for the two governments to stand by the Good Friday Agreement instead of following what has proven to be a pointless exercise in attempting to encourage the DUP to end their sectarian approach and share power with nationalists and republicans on the basis of equality and mutual respect.” ENDS

Editors Note: In addition to briefing MPs Mr Murphy will this afternoon take part in a debate organised by the London School of Economics along with the British Conservative spokesperson on the six counties David Liddington.

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