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McGuinness committed to working for benefit of everyone

11 January, 2016 - by Martin McGuinness

Sinn Féin MLA and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said he is committed to working with new First Minister Arlene Foster for the benefit of everyone in society. 

Mr McGuinness said; 

"I pledge a positive spirit, a constructive spirit and a good heart in working with Arlene. 

"I am an Irish republican and Arlene Forster is a unionist. Neither my republicanism nor Arlene Forster's unionism will be in any way diminished by our working together. 

"Unionism is not the enemy; the enemy is poverty, disadvantage, and unemployment," he said. 

Mr McGuinness also said the election of a female First Minister is also a step forward for politics. 

"I have been fortunate enough to work with excellent female ministers from my own party – Caitríona Ruane, Martina Anderson, Bairbre de Brún, Michelle Gildernew, Michelle O'Neill, Carál Ní Chuilín and Jennifer McCann – all of whom rose to the highest level of government because of their talent and ability. 

"I am a strong advocate of having more women in political life and political leadership and the election of a female First Minister is another step forward and a good day for politics," he said.

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