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Sinn Féin will continue to work for ‘best financial resources’ for incoming Executive

27 March, 2007

North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has said that Sinn Féin will continue to work over the next six weeks to ensure that the new Assembly Executive has the "best financial resources" to deliver for people. Mr McKay was speaking after Sinn Féin's first meeting with the DUP at Stormont.

Mr McKay said:

"The comments made by Ian Paisley are first of all to be welcomed and are an example of clear and unequivocal leadership on behalf of the Democratic Unionist Party. May 8th will mark the beginning of a new era in Irish politics and we Iook forward to working constructively with the DUP not only at Assembly level but at Council level as well.

"Tús maith leath na hoibre. A good start is half the work, but we must ensure that the preparatory work for a new and properly functioning Executive is completed. Sinn Féin will continue to engage with the British Chancellor and the Irish Government over the next few weeks to ensure that the incoming Executive has the best possible resources to fulfil their responsibilities.

"While it is disappointing that the political institutions of the Good Friday Agreement were not restored on Monday, the agreement reached between Sinn Féin and the DUP, including the unequivocal commitment, made by their party Executive and reiterated today, to the restoration of political institutions on May 8th, marks the beginning of a new era of politics on this island.

"Collectively we have created the potential to build a new, harmonious and equitable relationship between nationalists and republicans and unionists, as well as the rest of the people of the island of Ireland.

"Sinn Féin will take nothing for granted in the days and weeks ahead but we will do all that we can to ensure a successful outcome and we ask everyone to support us in our efforts." ENDS

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