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Sinn Féin make it clear that they will play no part in Assembly charade

18 May, 2006


Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP today said that his party had been in contact with the two governments and would tomorrow meet with the US Special Envoy Mitchell Reiss in Belfast. Mr McGuinness said that they would be making it clear that Sinn Féin would have nothing to do with a talking shop Assembly.

Mr McGuinness said:

“The business which took place in the Assembly on Tuesday was laughable. We had the spectacle of MLAs standing up talking to each other on matters over which they have no say. It was little more than a fairly transparent effort to justify continuing salaries paid for by the taxpayer.

“Sinn Féin have been in contact with both governments in recent days. Tomorrow we will meet the US Special Envoy Mitchell Reiss in Belfast. We will make it clear to him that Sinn Féin will have nothing to do with a talking shop Assembly.

“Our focus remains on electing a fully functioning Executive and delivering the institutions which the people voted for under the Good Friday Agreement. Anything else is unacceptable and more importantly will ensure that locally accountable politicians will have no way of dealing with the many issues of concern including water charges, rate rises and health and education cuts.

“The reality remains for those parties who engaged in Tuesdays Assembly charade that despite spending an afternoon delivering speeches on the economy they have changed British Direct Rule policy not one iota.” ENDS

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