McLaughlin - there can be no substitute for Assembly elections
Sinn Féin Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin, responding to speculation that the British government are examining the possible establishment of the Civic Forum to allow for consultation in the absence of political institutions said that there can be no substitute for the holding of Assembly elections.
Mr. McLaughlin said:
"Sinn Féin supports the establishment of the all-Ireland Civic Forum and the all-Ireland Inter-Parliamentary Forum which were agreed under the Good Friday Agreement. But there can be no substitute for the holding of the Assembly elections and the re-establishment of the political institutions. That is what the British government should be focusing their attentions on.‰ENDS