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Sinn Féin announce details of Belfast Rally

9 October, 2006

Sinn Féin North Belfast Assembly member Gerry Kelly has announced details of a Belfast City Centre Rally at the Europa Hotel at 7pm on Tuesday night, October 10th.

Mr Kelly said:

"This rally is part of a broader campaign demanding the return of the Assembly, Executive and all-Ireland institutions.

"Across our society, in the business sector and throughout civic society and crucially on the ground people are asking whether we can afford to throw away the opportunity to get the institutions back up and running before the November 24th deadline.

"It is a simple question; Can you afford it? And the answer coming back from a wide cross section of people is equally simple; "No".

"The 'Can you afford it?' campaign is aimed at everyone who lives in Ireland. We are asking not just nationalists but also the unionist community if they can afford the rates increases, water charges, the erosion of education and special education needs in particular which have taken place under Direct Rule and will continue until the DUP do the inevitable and agree to a power-sharing Executive.

"No one is being naive enough to say that power-sharing will be a panacea for all our problems but I strongly believe that a locally elected and accountable Assembly and Executive will do a much better job than part-time Ministers." ENDS

Note to Editors

The Sinn Féin 'Can you afford it?' Rally will take place at 7pm on Tuesday October 10th in the Euopra Hotel in Belfast.

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP MLA will be the main speaker.

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