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Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle to meet on Saturday to decide on future participation in the Hain Assembly

1 September, 2006


Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP speaking following a meeting of the party's negotiations team in Belfast this morning announced that the review initiated by Gerry Adams of Sinn Féin's participation in the Hain Assembly had concluded. He said that the Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle will receive a report from the negotiations team tomorrow and decide on the party's future participation in the Hain Assembly.

Mr. McGuinness said:

"Last May Sinn Féin made clear that the sole purpose of our participation in the Hain Assembly set up by the British government was the urgent restoration of the political institutions. Since that time we have done all that we can to bring this about. This included the nomination of Ian Paisley for the position of First Minister and the ongoing participation in the Preparation for Government Committee by senior Sinn Féin representatives.

"The discussions in the Preparation for Government committee over the past four months can only be judged meaningful if we see the early restoration of the Assembly and the power sharing executive. The refusal of the DUP to engage in the political institutions has resulted in many poor decisions by unelected Direct Rule Ministers.

"Over the last two months Sinn Féin has held a series of special meetings involving our Ard Chomhairle, Assembly members, Dáil team and at regional level to discuss the party's future participation in the Hain Assembly. We have reviewed the outworkings of the Hain Assembly, the positions of the other parties and the stated intent of the two governments that November 24th is the absolute deadline for the restoration of the institutions.

"There is a limited amount of time to make progress. All options need to be examined to ensure the best possible opportunity for progress.

"Tomorrow the Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle will receive a report from the negotiations team and decide on the party's future participation in the Hain Assembly." ENDS

The Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle will meet in Dublin tomorrow, Saturday 2nd September. Martin McGuinness will be available to speak to the media at the Sinn Féin bookshop, 58 Parnell Square, Dublin 1 at 12.30pm

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