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Lisburn vote a crucial indicator of unionist intentions

11 January, 2005

The Sinn Féin Group Leader on Lisburn Council Cllr. Paul Butler has said that the DUP and UUP reaction to a motion demanding power sharing to be put before the Council tonight will send a clear signal to nationalists about unionist intentions in the overall peace process.

Cllr. Butler said:

" Tony Blair was unequivocal at the weekend when he claimed that the unionist parties had accepted the need to share power with nationalists and republicans. I have to say that I have never seen any evidence of this in my time on Lisburn council.

" Tonight a motion will go before the council demanding that power sharing be introduced to Lisburn. The reaction of the unionist parties to this motion will send to nationalists a very clear signal of overall unionist intent in the peace process.

" It will also confirm if Mr Blair's assessment of the current thinking within unionism is indeed correct or if in fact the case remains that much of political unionism remains wedded to a desire to see a return to the days of exclusion, discrimination and second class citizenship." ENDS

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