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Sinn Féin to bring agenda for change to new Committee on the Good Friday Agreement

20 November, 2007

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty, speaking ahead of the first meeting of the new Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement in Dublin on Thursday, November 22nd, has said that while it falls short of representation in the Oireachtas for citizens in the North it is a step forward and he urged all MPs in the Six Counties to participate in the Committee.

Mr Doherty said:

"Sinn Féin has led the way in working for greater co-operation between the political institutions across the island of Ireland. This includes the working relationships between Leinster House and the Assembly, the right to vote in Presidential elections and deeper working between the councils on the cross border groups.

"The new all-Ireland Committee will look at the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. This includes all-Ireland Parliamentary Forum and the all-Ireland Civic Forum.

"The establishment of the Committee, while insufficient to meet the requirement for northern representation in the life of the nation, does represent progress.

"This Committee should provide an opportunity for representatives of every party across the island to directly engage on many of the fundamental issues that affect all of our people. "The challenge is for unionists to show mature political leadership by engaging in this new forum. This is where we can engage in the debate about how we move forward together and how we can begin to realise the full potential of the Good Friday Agreement." ENDS

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