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Martin McGuinness to address fringe meeting at TUC Annual Conference

11 September, 2006

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness will tomorrow travel to the annual TUC conference in Brighton. Mr McGuinness will address a fringe meeting at the conference organised by the Communication Workers Union. Also appearing at the meeting will be representatives from the DUP, UUP and SDLP.

Speaking before departing for Brighton Mr McGuinness said:

"This meeting will provide an opportunity to engage directly with the Trade Union movement in Britain. It also comes at a time when efforts are being intensified in the run up to the November 24th deadline and before the parties assemble in Scotland early next month for what we are being told will be an intensive negotiation.

"I have to say that as we sit at the minute the DUP is alone as the only political party unwilling to enter the power sharing institutions demanded by the Good Friday Agreement. It is crucial if progress is to be made in the coming weeks that the two governments make it clear that they are prepared to stand by the Agreement and prepared to make it clear that the time for stalling and excuses has long since past." ENDS

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