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McDonald - Dialogue is key to progress

15 July, 2006

Sinn Féin Chairperson Mary Lou McDonald speaking during a meeting of a special day long meeting of the party’s Ard Chomahirle in Dublin today said

“This morning we received an update from local areas on what happened across the Six Counties over the 12th.  I want to commend all those who were involved in ensuring that the day passed off relatively peacefully – the dialogue groups, residents and the hundreds of republican activists who were on the ground at flashpoint areas throughout the day.


“One of the key reasons why the 12th passed off so peacefully this year is because of the success in creating conditions for dialogue in local communities.  People realised and accepted that they had to start talking.


“The DUP’s stance is out of step with this.  They played no part whatsoever in the dialogue and work which took place leading up to the 12th.  Indeed if the DUP attitude had prevailed the 12th would have been a disaster.


“Nobody should be surprised at the rhetoric from Ian Paisley this week.  However his 12th speech should be a wake up call to the two governments that they cannot sleepwalk back into the talks in September.  We should learn lessons from what happened on the 12th and move forward.”ENDS


Today meeting is part of the review into Sinn Féin’s participation in the Hain Assembly. The review will conclude at the end of the summer’


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