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Sinn Féin welcome contribution of NICVA

17 January, 2007

Sinn Féin General Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin MLA has warmly welcomed the comments of NICVA Director Seamus McAleavey and said that civic society has a key role to play in demanding a return of the political institutions.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"It is clear that British direct rule is totally failing people and that the most vulnerable and marginalised people in our society are 'being left behind'.

"I very much welcome this intervention from NICVA - an organisation that represents over 4,500 groups across the community and voluntary sector and 30,000 staff. Civic society has a key role to play in demanding a return of the institutions.

"This reinforces what Sinn Féin are hearing on a daily basis not just from ordinary people but also from the business and community sector, namely that they want an end to direct rule and the return of the local institutions with accountable ministers taking the important decisions about our future.

"The message is clear. It is time to get the institutions back up and running. All political parties need to work together. The time for excuses and barriers is over.

"In terms of tackling sectarianism and division, the best way to show leadership is by demonstrating that we can all work together positively to find solutions to what are common problems faced by people no matter what community they come from. Issues such as the quality of life of older people, water charges, cuts to education services and access to hospitals theses are issues that affect everyone.

"It is the time for leadership and time to show the most reactionary sections of our society that all of us can work together for the common good." ENDS

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