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Gerry Kelly Easter Address - Milltown Cemetery, Belfast

8 April, 2007


Sinn Féin Assembly member for North Belfast Gerry Kelly today delivered the
main speech at the Easter Commemoration in Milltown. As part of his address
Mr Kelly said that
'the historic engagement we are now involved in provides a solid basis upon
which to move forward into a new future of politics on this island.  On May
8th, a government jointly led by Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley will be
set up.  I am privileged to have been chosen as one of the five republican
ministers involved.  Republicans will be exercising real political power. 

He went on to talk about the momentous political developments in recent
times saying, 'this has been an extraordinary year and an exceptional few
weeks in our strategy.  When we met last Easter how many thought they would
see Dr 'No' become Dr 'Yes'.  Who would have taken a bet on the Assembly and
the all-Ireland institutions going up, or imagined that iconic photograph of
Gerry Adams and Ian Paisley speaking off the one hymn sheet about power
sharing and Irishness.

If people had to rub their eyes or rub their ears or listen to the
statements twice in disbelief then let that be an indication of the rubicon
which unionism has crossed.'

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