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Sinn Féin eager for challenge of government

9 March, 2007

Sinn Féin nominee for the post of Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness today said that the electorate had delivered a clear mandate for a power sharing executive.

Speaking at a press conference in Belfast where he was joined by party President Gerry Adams, Mr McGuinness said:

"Firstly I would like to thank the people who came out in massive numbers and once again placed their trust in Sinn Féin. It is clear across the political spectrum that the people have delivered a clear mandate for progress and for the establishment of a fully functioning Assembly, Executive and all-Ireland Bodies.

"Sinn Féin are up for that challenge. We are eager to get down to the business of delivering for all of the people. We are eager to get down to the business of tackling the very many social and economic issues which came up at he doorsteps, be it water charges, rates increases or health and education cuts.

"People should make no mistake about it, Sinn Féin are ready for government and there is no reason why this should not happen by the March 26th. So we will approach the coming weeks positively and with the intention of securing power sharing government in the north and agreement with the British and Irish governments on a substantial peace dividend to allow the new executive to deliver real and tangible change." ENDS

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