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Sinn Féin comment on PUP/UUP ruling

11 September, 2006


Sinn Féin Assembly member Francie Molloy today said that the decision by the Assembly speaker Eileen Bell to rule the link between David Ervine and the UUP a breach of Assembly rules was "not surprising".

Mr Molloy said:

"Aside from the obvious hypocrisy involved in the UUP linking up with the PUP in such a formal way having for decades refused to talk to Sinn Féin and subsequently collapsing the political institutions over alleged IRA activity it was fairly obvious to anyone involved in Assembly procedures that the link contravened the existing regulations.

"It therefore is not much of a surprise that the speaker Eileen Bell today ruled that the formal link up between the UUP and David Ervine, for the purposes of Assembly arithmetic, was indeed a breach of the rules." ENDS

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