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Martin McGuinness in Dublin to meet Irish government officials

5 April, 2006


Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness, who is in Dublin today to meet with Irish government officials, said "there is a heavy responsibility on all of the parties and the two governments to move the peace process forward on the basis of the Good Friday Agreement".

Mr. McGuinness said: "Last night's killing of Denis Donaldson was a tragedy for his family and has been condemned by people the length and breadth of Ireland. While we don't yet know who was responsible, it is unfortunate that already we have seen opponents of the Good Friday Agreement try to use this death to undermine current efforts to make political progress.

"Today I am in Dublin to meet with Irish government officials. There is a heavy responsibility on all of the parties and the two governments to move the peace process forward. This is best achieved by implementing the Good Friday Agreement, not by pandering to those who are totally opposed to the power sharing institutions and political process.

"Many people are now asking - who are the governments listening to - those parties who support the Agreement and want to work together or to the DUP - a party that is isolated and clearly opposed to power-sharing.

"Sinn Féin will continue to do all in our power to get power-sharing institutions back up and running. But it must be real democracy and accountability, not a Shadow Assembly with no powers." ENDS

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