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SDLP allied with DUP on many key issues

17 August, 2006

Sinn Féin Assembly Group Leader John O'Dowd today said that the SDLP have increasingly drifted from a nationalist agenda and, at a time when pressure should be on the DUP, the SDLP find themselves allied with Ian Paisley on many key issues.

Mr O‚Dowd said:

"As we face into the November 24th deadline it is important that pressure is maintained on the DUP to end their rejectionist position and embrace the political institutions laid out in the Good Friday Agreement.

"Instead the leadership of the SDLP currently find themselves aligned with Ian Paisley on many key issues - on policing, criminal justice, Community Restorative Justice, 28 day detention without trial, MI5 phone-taps, reform of local government and the maintenance of MLAs salaries. And in recent days senior SDLP members have joined the DUP in disgraceful attacks on the GAA.

"Instead of joining with Sinn Féin in demanding the maximum change the SDLP is engaged in obsessive attacks on all things republican - attacks which are music to the ears of the DUP.

"Sinn Féin will not be bullied by the DUP. We will continue to demand the maximum change. We will continue to demand proper policing and to drive forward the all-Ireland agenda. Unlike the SDLP, our focus is on defending the Good Friday Agreement against DUP rejectionism." ENDS

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