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McDonald calls on party delegates to back initiative to transform policing

27 January, 2007

Sinn Féin Chairperson Mary Lou McDonald speaking on the eve of the party's Extraordinary Ard Fheis on said 'I believe that a positive response to the Ard Chomhairle motion by delegates tomorrow would open up a new arena for republicans and ensure that the days of repressive and sectarian policing are ended forever.'

Ms. McDonald said:

"Tomorrow thousands of republicans from every county in Ireland will attend the party's Extraordinary Ard Fheis in Dublin to debate and agree a new way forward on policing. Over the last two weeks we have had an extensive nationwide consultation, involving more than 100 meetings within the party and the wider nationalist and republican community.

"Sinn Féin's objective is to secure a proper policing service and to hold that policing service to account. We believe that the profound changes secured in the recent negotiations mean that the new beginning to policing promised in the Good Friday Agreement is now within our grasp.

"We are asking delegates to back the Ard Chomhairle initiative and to ensure that the type of repressive and sectarian policing which was exposed once again by Nuala O'Loan this week is never allowed to happen again.

"The past number of weeks have witnessed a debate and discussion across this island which no other political party would have attempted yet alone accomplished. We are now on the eve of the Ard Fheis and I am confident that delegates will approach tomorrow in the same spirit of comradeship which has marked the recent consultation process and I am looking forward to the debate." ENDS

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