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Hain Assembly Charade Continues Today

7 July, 2006

Sinn Féin MP for Newry and Armagh Conor Murphy today said that the other parties were guilty of taking part in little more than a political charade directed by the DUP with their meaningless Hain Assembly debate this morning.

Mr Murphy said:

“At the outset of the Hain Assembly approach Sinn Féin stated that we would only take part in business to elect a fully functioning Executive with real power. The DUP have an agenda to deliver a shadow or corporate Assembly with no decision making power. Both the SDLP and the UUP in a naive bid to give the pretence of work and protect Assembly salaries and allowances have allowed themselves to get involved in this political charade.

“That fact remains that the only way in which progress towards fully functioning political institutions will be secured is when the DUP indicate that they have finally accepted the basic principle of sharing power on the basis of equality. This has not yet happened. We witness their stalling tactics and rejectionist approach on the Preparation for Government Committee where the DUP continue to fail to step up to the mark.

“Sinn Féin remain committed to seeing the Good Friday Agreement implemented, including the all-Ireland and power sharing institutions. However the DUP need to indicate and indicate soon that they are going to do the business otherwise the two governments will have to move to end the political theatrics that the SDLP, UUP, DUP and Alliance are involved in today in the Assembly.” ENDS

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