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Washington events provide opportunity for SDLP to return to Good Friday Agreement fold

15 March, 2006


Sinn Féin MP for Newry and Armagh Conor Murphy today said that the St. Patrick's Day events in the US provided an opportunity for the SDLP leader Mark Durkan to remove once and for all the ridiculous proposal to allow the British government to appoint commissioners to run the ten local departments.

Speaking from London where he is briefing MPs Mr Murphy said:

"Despite recent moves by the SDLP to follow the lead set by Sinn Féin and demand that the two governments move to lift suspension and restore the political institutions, they have yet to remove from the table the ridiculous proposal for British appointed commissioners running the local departments, and they have yet to distance themselves from the remarks of Dominc Bradley, when he indicated that the party was actively seeking alternatives to the Good Friday Agreement institutions.

"The proposal for commissioners when first made was seized upon by the opponents of change and has since appeared in DUP policy papers aimed at hollowing out the power sharing core of the Good Friday Agreement. This weekends events in Washington present an opportunity for the SDLP leader Mark Durkan to make it clear that his party has returned to the Good Friday Agreement fold and that this proposal has been binned once and for all.

"We do not need proposals for alternative institutions as proposed by Dominic Bradley. We do not need British appointed commissioners to do the bidding of Whitehall. What we need is the two governments ending their pandering to the DUP and moving forward on the terms laid out in the Agreement." ENDS

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