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Doherty - Will 2006 see confident brand of unionism?

4 January, 2006

Sinn Féin Vice President Pat Doherty today said that 2006 must be the year that the DUP finally display the confident brand of unionism they promised two years ago.

Mr Doherty said:

"Over the past number of years the DUP have repeatedly gone to the people promising a new brand of confident unionism. What we have got is a party comfortable sitting back and allowing British Direct Rule Ministers taking bad decisions on issues which should be under the control of locally accountable politicians.

"Republicans have done much heavy lifting over the past 12 months to see an opportunity created which will allow significant progress to be made and the political institutions put back in place. This opportunity cannot be wasted.  The DUP must now do their share of the heavy lifting and demonstrate that they are willing and capable of sharing power on the basis of equality and respect.

"The people of Ireland voted for the Good Friday Agreement. We need to see it implemented. The two governments obviously have a major role to play. But unionism also needs to step up to the mark and start delivering for the people who elect them. They must end their policy of sitting back and expecting others to do the hard work and take the difficult decisions themselves." ENDS

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