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Sinn Féin strategy has put DUP between a rock and a hard place

4 March, 2007


Sinn Féin Vice-President and West Tyrone Pat Doherty MP says that the strategy pursued by Sinn Féin ensures that the DUP has now confronted with the ultimate dilemma of either having to accept power sharing and full blown participation in all-Ireland institutions with republicans and nationalists on the basis of equality, or else choose to allow the Irish government a greatly increased role in the affairs of the six counties through Plan B partnership arrangements with the British government.

The Sinn Fein Vice-President said,

"Sinn Féin's strategy has exposed the rejectionist mindset of the DUP once and for all by removing any semblance of an excuse that Ian Paisley's party has hitherto used in its refusal to share power with republicans and nationalists.

"The culmination of this Sinn Fein's strategy has now put the DUP between a rock and a hard place. For a party whose by bye-word has always been "No" and "Never" and for a party that has never made a progressive decision in it's political lifetime, the DUP now faces the ultimate dilemma of having to choose between two options that it has not only rallied against for two generations but that it has also sworn to never contemplate.

"However, within days of Wednesday's Assembly Election the DUP will have to choose between either having to accept power sharing and full blown participation in all-Ireland institutions with republicans and nationalists on the basis of equality, or else choose to allow the Irish government a greatly increased role in the affairs of the six counties through Plan B partnership arrangements with the British government.

"Either way, the game is now up for the DUP and rejectionist unionism and an increased mandate for Sinn Féin in Wednesday's election will be the strongest guarantee the process of positive change is irreversible and that the DUP will be unable to shirk the ultimate decisions that it now faces.

"An increased mandate for Sinn Féin will also be the best guarantee that the equality agenda is vigorously pursued and implemented and that the trajectory towards all-Ireland integration and national re-unification gathers unstoppable momentum. ENDS

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