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Election represents 'real opportunity to move forward'

2 February, 2007


Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP speaking in Belfast today has said that the election represents a real opportunity to move forward and called on all parties to commit to a positive election campaign and a determination to deliver the political institutions by March 26th.

Mr McGuinness said:

"I want to call on all of the political parties who will be contesting the Assembly election to commit now at the outset to engage in a positive election campaign and with a clear determination to deliver the political institutions by March 26th

"This election presents a real opportunity to significantly move the
situation forward.

"It is an opportunity that the vast majority of people want their political
representatives to deliver. To deliver on the economy. To deliver on the
environment. To deliver on Health and Education.

"There are major challenges ahead for our rural communities; our young
people; from rates increases and water charges; as well as from sectarianism
and racism.

"Local political parties cannot complain about these difficulties and the
problems they are and will create for our people and then abdicate
responsibility to do anything.

"Sinn Féin is determined move ahead positively. Sinn Féin is determined to
continue delivering the change which has transformed this part of Ireland in
the last decade.

"I believe that people want all of the political parties to set aside the
negative approaches that have characterised past elections and to run this
election campaign differently, in a positive mode." ENDS


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