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Bairbre de Brún addresses EU Parliament and tells them Sinn Féin won't accept watered down Assembly

15 May, 2006


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún will this evening address the European Parliament and tell them that Sinn Féin will not accept anything less than the full restoration of the Assembly and Executive.

In a speech to assembled MEPs Ms de Brún will also say that "Republicans have demonstrated time and again our desire to make the peace process work".

Speaking from Strasbourg Ms de Brún said:

"Sinn Féin has returned to today‚s assembly because we want to see freedom, justice and equality. However the DUP want the Assembly to stay away from the formation of the power sharing Executive. They want a shadow forum, including shadow committees. Sinn Féin will not permit this.

"The next few weeks remain crucial. One thing is clear; Sinn Féin will not shirk our responsibilities. We have always stepped up to the challenge. It is time others did so also. ENDS

Full Text of Speech:

I want to take this opportunity to inform my fellow MEPs that a version of the envisaged Assembly has reconvened today.

Colleagues may be aware that the Assembly, and its power-sharing executive, has been suspended by the British government since 2002. Sinn Féin is committed to creating the conditions where local ministers make local decisions. At present, British Ministers make all policy decisions yet they are not accountable to voters there.

The conditions created by last year‚s decision by the Irish Republican Army to deal definitively with their weapons have transformed the political landscape in Ireland. It is time for Ian Paisley‚s DUP party to make a clear commitment that they are prepared to move forward with the rest of us, on the basis of equality, to restore the Assembly and the power-sharing Executive.

The recent sectarian killing of catholic teenager Michael McIlveen shows that much change is still needed in our society. Continued assistance and support at European level is essential.

Tá sé léirithe ag Poblachtánaigh arís is arís eile go dteastaíonn uainn go rachaidh próiseas na síochána chun cinn.

Tá Sinn Féin tagtha chuig Tionól an lae inniu óir teastaíonn uainn an t-saoirse, an ceartas agus an cothromas a fheiceáil. Teastaíonn ón DUP, áfach, nach mbeidh plé ar bith ag an Tionól le Feidhmeannas Cumhacht-Roinnte a chur ar bun. Teastaíonn Scáth-Fheidhmeannas uathu, agus scáth-choistí chomh maith. Ní cheadóidh Sinn Féin é sin.

Beidh tábhacht mhór sna seachtainí atá romhain. Tá rud amháin soiléir agus is é sin nach seachnóidh Sinn Féin na dualgais atá orainn. Níor chúlaigh muid ariamh ón dúshlán. Ta sé in am do dhaoine eile an rud céanna a dhéanamh.

Republicans have demonstrated time and again our desire to make the peace process work.

Sinn Féin has returned to today‚s assembly because we want to see freedom, justice and equality. However the DUP want the Assembly to stay away from the formation of the power sharing Executive. They want a shadow forum, including shadow committees. Sinn Fein will not permit this.

The next few weeks remain crucial. One thing is clear; Sinn Féin will not shirk our responsibilities. We have always stepped up to the challenge. It is time others did so also.

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