Paisley position on sharing power should focus governments minds
Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP today said that Ian Paisley's public declaration outside Downing Street yesterday that the DUP were not up for sharing power with nationalists and republicans before the November deadline should focus minds in London and Dublin.
Mr McGuinness said:
"The reality remains that Sinn Féin and all of the other parties with the exception of the DUP are ready and willing to enter a power sharing Executive. All of the other parties with the exception of the DUP are ready and willing to confront and tackle the difficult issues like rates and water charges rather than allow Direct Rule Ministers to continue to take bad decisions which impact heavily on the people who live here.
"Yesterday Ian Paisley set out in a very public fashion in Downing Street his view that the DUP were not up for sharing power with nationalists and republicans by the November 24th deadline. Given Ian Paisley's political record and the fact that the two governments have allowed the political process to drift for so long in the face of DUP intransigence this claim will surprise few people.
"However what Mr Paisley's comments should do is focus minds in both London and Dublin on their strategy for the coming 10 weeks. The two governments have made it clear that November 24th is a real deadline. Time is now short if the political institutions are to be salvaged. The two governments need to make it very clear to Ian Paisley that the process will not be stalled any longer and that they intend to stand by the Good Friday Agreement. This is crucial if progress is to be made." ENDS