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Murphy -sustained effort required to re-establish institutions

18 August, 2003


Sinn Féin Spokesperson Conor Murphy has said that the British government must 'reinvigorate the political process through a sustained effort to re-establish the political institutions rather than close it down through lack of activity'.

Mr. Murphy said:

" In two months the political institutions will have been suspended for a full year. Despite this anniversary approaching there seems to be a lack of intensive effort from the British government to see the political institutions re-established and a date for the Assembly elections set.

" The British government must reinvigorate the political process through a sustained effort to re-establish the political institutions rather than close it down through lack of activity.

" The political institutions are at the core of the Good Friday Agreement and elections to them are an essential democratic imperative. Open-ended suspension of the institutions and a continuing failure to set a date for the Assembly elections is not an option for the British government if confidence in this process is to be re-built." ENDS

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