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Sinn Féin reponse to Niall Blaney move to Fianna Fáil

26 July, 2006

Sinn Féin Councillor Padraig MacLochlainn, speaking following the decision of Niall Blaney to leave Independent Fianna Fáil and join Fianna Fáil, said:

"I would like to begin by wishing Niall well.  His decision to leave Independent Fianna Fáil and join Fianna Fáil will come as a surprise to very few people as he has been a constant supporter of the government since he was elected to the Dáil in 2002 sometimes more so than those on the Fianna Fáil back benches.  He was very much part of the Fianna Fáil establishment.

"Independent Fianna Fáil has been a powerful presence in Donegal for many decades and were a strong voice in support of the nationalist people in the Six Counties, particularly in difficult times.  They have also been a constant voice in support of Irish unity.

"I would like to make a personal appeal to those who have long been supporters of IFF -  republicans who have a real desire for a united Ireland. I would ask  you to now give your support to Sinn Féin and help us make Irish unity a reality. ENDS

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