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DUP focus on peerages absurd when real issues need dealt with

11 April, 2006


Sinn Féin General Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin today said that it was absurd that the DUP had spent their time in the lead position within unionism lobbying the British Government for seats in the House of Lords instead of working with the rest of the parties in re-establishing the political institutions to tackle real issues of concern such as Water Charges or Health and Education cuts.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"The announcement that three of the DUPs top brass are to be given seats in the British House of Lords comes at the end of a long campaign by that party since it assumed the lead position within unionism.

"It says much about the attitude of the DUP that they have spent their time lobbying for what will be seen as privileges for their own members rather than working with the rest of the parties in re-establishing the political institutions to tackle issues of real concern to communities such as Water Charges or Health and Education cuts.

"It is my belief that many within unionism will be at a loss to see how the DUP demands for seats in the British House of Lords will impact positively on their lives. Yet if the DUP finally move to accept power sharing institutions in line with the Good Friday Agreement they will have the opportunity to exercise real power and make real decisions which will make a real difference to peoples lives.

"That remains our focus in the time ahead. We will not allow ourselves to become distracted from the real business at hand. That is delivering the Agreement and the institutions which people voted for eight years ago."ENDS

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