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Sinn Féin consultation process gets underway

20 October, 2006


Sinn Féin MP for Newry and Armagh Conor Murphy today said that the party consultation into the governments St. Andrews proposals would be 'exhaustive'. Mr Murphy who has being appointed along with Mary Lou McDonald and Martin Ferris to oversee the consultation was speaking to the media in Belfast.

Mr Murphy said:

"The Ard Chomhairle yesterday appointed Mary Lou McDonald, Martin Ferris and myself to oversee our consultation into the proposals put to the parties by the governments last week at St. Andrews.

"Next week party activists will come together in Newry for a major all-Ireland conference. Contributions will be made by academics and other outside bodies.

"Gerry Adams will in an address to the conference deal with ongoing political developments.

"We are determined that while the consultation process will be exhaustive it will not drag on. We are obviously conscious of the timeframe set out last week.

"This consultation is not simply about policing as has been reported. It is to establish whether or not the package agreed by the two governments last week has the potential to see the political institutions reformed and the other outstanding matters resolved.

"There are clearly challenges ahead for all of the parties, but as we said last week at St. Andrews none of these are obstacles which cannot be overcome if the necessary political will is displayed." ENDS

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