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Sinn Féin ‘absolutely committed to institutions by March 26th’

17 February, 2007

The Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle met this morning in Dublin to finalise preparations for the Assembly election campaign and the upcoming Sinn Féin Ard Fheis. Speaking after the meeting party General Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin said that his party was 'absolutely committed to entering a power sharing Executive on March 26th'.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"The point of this Assembly election campaign has to be about ensuring that a fully functioning Assembly, Executive and All-Ireland Bodies are put in place by March 26th. That is what the two governments set out in their St. Andrews proposals and that is what Sinn Féin will be holding them to deliver.

"Let me state again in clear terms, Sinn Féin are absolutely committed to entering a power sharing executive with the rest of the parties on March 26th. That is what our focus is on. The recent Sinn Féin Ard Fheis has liberated the political process and the opportunities created must now be grasped by all.

"This is the last chance for those who have stood in the way of progress for so long to come on board. There are only two options facing the parties. Either we go with Plan A, the Good Friday Agreement and set up the political institutions. This has to be the best option. Or the governments will implement their joint management proposals. There are no other options. There is no Plan C or D.

"I very much hope that we proceed into institutions on March 26th. Parties who oppose this approach are in effect giving British Direct Rule Ministers a blank cheque to impose water charges, privatise further public services and continue with disastrous cuts in health and education." ENDS

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