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No alternative to power-sharing Executive

24 April, 2006

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP speaking after an hour long meeting with British Secretary of State Peter Hain has said that the DUP needs to face the reality that the only alternative to power sharing is continued bad government by British direct rule ministers.

The Sinn Féin delegation meeting with Peter Hain included Caitriona Ruane MLA, Conor Murphy MP and Cllr Daithí Doolan.

Speaking after the meeting Mr McGuinness said:

„Sinn Féin will only engage in the Assembly for the purpose of electing the First and Deputy First ministers and the formation of the power-sharing Executive. There is no alternative to the power sharing arrangements set out in the Good Friday Agreement and endorsed by the people of Ireland, north and south. Sinn Fein will not be part of anything short of this and we will adamantly oppose any attempt to achieve unionist majority rule through a Shadow Assembly.

"Nationalists want a return to the power sharing institutions. Many unionists do also. But all of our people need local government as an alternative to continued direct rule. This is the challenge facing the DUP. Are they willing to take responsibility away from British Direct rule Ministers who known nothing about local issues and who care even less.

"The DUP have a stark choice to make. To recognise the enormous progress that has been made and join the rest of us in building a future based on equality and respect, or allow their own constituents to continue to suffer health and education cuts, rates hikes, water charges, planning restriction and much worse." ENDS

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