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Sinn Féin will be in Government of real change North and South

12 October, 2004

Responding to remarks by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dermot Ahern that it was his belief that Sinn Féin will be in Government in the future the party's Dáil leader, Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin said emphatically that, "Sinn Féin would be in Government North and South in the future." Deputy Ó Caoláin went on to say "Sinn Féin has as much right as other parties to be part of Government, if we are given a mandate by the people.

"We are not interested in ministerial positions for their own sake. The important thing for us is the vision such a Government would represent and the policies it would implement," the Cavan/Monaghan TD added.

"We want to bring about real change, real equality. We want to see the needs of the people being met in terms of health, housing, education and equality across the board. We want a government that will pursue a United Ireland and plan for national reunification and reconciliation.

"The question for us is not whether any of the parties here would want to go into Coalition with us, but whether we would want to do so with them.

"We do not accept any qualification of our democratic mandate, or preconditions to our participation in a Government if we have that mandate.

"It is also important to note that the current round of negotiations are about bringing about a lasting peace, they are not about Sinn Féin getting into Government." ENDS

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