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Time for governments to convene meeting of the Programme for Government Committee

7 November, 2006


Speaking in Stormont today Sinn Féin MP for Fermanagh & South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew said that ' Sinn Féin's negotiations team are meeting with the British and Irish governments today to press them to convene a meeting of the Programme for Government Committee to facilitate dialogue between Sinn Féin, the DUP and the other parties.'

Ms Gildernew said:

"Yesterday the Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle mandated the party leadership to follow the course set out at St. Andrews and to continue with the ongoing negotiations to resolve the outstanding issues. Today members of the Sinn Féin negotiations team are meeting with the British Secretary of State Peter Hain and with senior Irish government officials.

"We need now to begin the urgent work of preparing for government in the run up to the nomination or the First and Deputy First Minister on November 24th. The Programme for Government Committee should now meet and begin this  detailed work and our negotiations team will press both governments on this  issue in meetings later today." ENDS

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