Sinn Féin to meet with Tony Blair in Downing Street
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP, Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP and North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly will meet with the British Prime Minister Tony Blair in Downing Street this afternoon. This follows a meeting with the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in Dublin last week. Speaking prior to their departure Martin McGuinness said:
"Sinn Féin's message to Tony Blair today is very simple - the British and Irish governments need to lift the suspension and restore the political institutions and they need to do this immediately.
"The sole task of the Assembly is the formation of a power sharing government as set out in the Good Friday Agreement. If the DUP refuses to allow this to happen then the governments need to move ahead. A Shadow Assembly with scrutiny committees is nothing more than a DUP attempt to restore unionist domination. That is not acceptable.
"Sinn Fein is the largest nationalist party in the Assembly and we will not consent to such an arrangement. What we want to see is full power sharing within the institutions as laid out in the Good Friday Agreement. All of the parties with the exception of the DUP have stated the same."ENDS