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McLaughlin calls for definitive Election date

17 July, 2003


Speaking after a meeting of senior party activists from across the island in Dublin this morning, Sinn Féin Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin said that 'there was now a real need for the British Government to come forward with a definitive date, without qualifications or conditions, for the Assembly elections to proceed'.

Mr McLaughlin said:

" There is a deep sense of frustration among people following the cancellation of elections by the British government and the on-going pandering to negative unionism.

" Despite this there has been a lot of work done and is continuing to be done to ensure that the summer months remain relatively calm, particularly for people in interface areas who have had to endure totally unacceptable conditions over recent years.

" At a political level, the institutions will have been suspended for a year in October and there is now a real need for the British Government to come forward with a definitive date, without qualifications or conditions, for the Assembly elections to proceed." ENDS

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