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'Major challenges lie ahead for the DUP' - Pat Doherty

27 September, 2006


Sinn Féin MP for West Tyrone Pat Doherty has this morning addressed a breakfast event at the British Labour Party conference in Manchester regarding prospects for the peace process and the November 24th deadline.

Mr Doherty was accompanied on the platform by Nigel Dodds, Reg Empey and Alisdair McDonnell. Peter Hain also addressed the event.

Speaking today Mr Doherty said:

"This morning's event provided Sinn Féin with the opportunity to address the issues which lie ahead of us in the coming months. There are big challenges and decisions ahead for the DUP and they know this, in regards to sharing power with the rest of us and on the equality and all Ireland agenda. Sinn Féin is ready to move forward, but it remains to be seen whether or not the DUP is ready to move forward with the rest of us.

"At today's meeting I also stressed the absolute need for the British Government to put in place a financial package to target issues such as the infrastructural deficit and to redress almost 35 years of British under funding and neglect in the Six Counties." ENDS

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