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Real Business In Hand Is Formation Of Functioning Institutions

19 April, 2006

Commenting after Peter Hain's remarks in the British House of Commons, Sinn Féin MP for Newry and Armagh Conor Murphy today said that the real business in hand which is facing the parties is the formation of a fully functioning set of political institutions.

Mr Murphy said:

"There have been various spins and counter spins since Peter Hain‚s remarks yesterday in the British House of Commons around issues other than the real task in hand, which is the formation of a set of fully functioning institutions in line with what is demanded by the Good Friday Agreement.

"It is the establishment of an Executive and All-Ireland Ministerial Council which is at the top of our priority list as we prepare for the Assembly reconvening on May 15th. That is our only interest in the immediate time ahead.

"The British government need to proceed speedily to lift suspension and the Assembly must then act decisively to do its job and elect into position a government. If it fails to do so then the two governments must move to implement all of the other aspects of the Good Friday Agreement which remain outstanding and proceed to engage in meaningful all-Ireland harmonisation, action and co-operation.

"The rejectionist veto on forward movement has been allowed to remain in place for too long. People will not have to wait much longer to establish whether or not the DUP are for the first time going to share power with nationalists and republicans on the basis of equality and respect or whether they are going to continue along the road of isolated opposition to moving forward." ENDS

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