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Governments must deliver on growing all-Ireland consensus

13 February, 2006

Sinn Féin General Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin has said that the Irish and British governments must deliver on the growing consensus on the development and expansion of the all Ireland agenda.

Welcoming the publication of an SDLP paper on enhanced north-south co-operation Mr McLaughlin said:

"Two years ago Sinn Féin published its paper on the 'Expansion of All Ireland Institutions and Areas of Work' as part of the Review process. On many of the issues we addressed, there is a clear consensus between the SDLP and ourselves. This is very important. It means that together and with the two governments we can work to achieve progress.

"Peter Hain recognises the need to move ahead on the all Ireland Agenda, Dermot Ahern has called for the development of infrastructural, economic, energy, educational and social structures on an all-Ireland basis.

"Sinn Féin has long called for this approach by both governments. We've had enough rhetoric and promises; it's now time for action. I look forward to working with the two governments, the SDLP and others in delivering on this agenda." ENDS

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