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Mitchel McLaughlin welcomes Sinn Féin/DUP agreement on Executive

26 March, 2007

Mitchel McLaughlin MLA, Sinn Féin South Antrim has welcomed the agreement between Sinn Féin and the DUP on the establishment of the Executive under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. Describing the joint announcement of the agreement by Gerry Adams and Ian Paisley as "truly historic", Mitchel McLaughlin said that every effort must now be made to ensure that the Executive gets up and running.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"Agreement between the DUP and Sinn Féin on the establishment of the Executive under the Good Friday Agreement is a hugely important and welcome development. While it would have been preferable for the Executive to be put in place on Monday as scheduled, the agreement by the DUP to enter Government with Sinn Féin on May 8th is a major step forward.

"The agreement and its announcement jointly by Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams and DUP leader Ian Paisley is truly historic. It has the potential to open up a new era in the politics of this island.

"Every effort must now be made to ensure that the Executive and all the attendant institutions, including the All-Ireland Ministerial Council, get up and running in the time agreed. There is a special obligation on the Irish and British governments to ensure that the Executive is fully supported and that it has the resources to do its job.

" Our Dáil TD's will be pressing the Irish Government to fulfil the potential of this political progress to the full. This must include a real peace dividend and real all-Ireland development, including accelerated co-operation and integration in areas such as health, transport and communications." ENDS

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