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DUP now need to act to form Executive

24 April, 2006

Speaking from the British - Irish Parliamentary Body meeting in Kerry, Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan said that the DUP now needed to take decisive action to ensure that fully functioning political institutions were put back in place in the immediate time ahead. Deputy Morgan's comments came after the DUP Deputy leader Peter Robinson addressed the body for the first time.

Deputy Morgan said:

"I welcome the fact that the DUP decided to travel here to Kerry and end their self imposed boycott of this grouping. Peter Robinson stated today that his party wished to be part of a power sharing government. The reality of this means a fully functioning executive involving Sinn Féin.

"Sinn Féin have consistently stated that despite the challenges of sharing power with the DUP we were up for that challenge. The DUP now need to demonstrate by their actions that they are prepared to share power with nationalists and republicans on the basis of equality for the first time.

"That means re-entering the Assembly and electing a First and Deputy First Minister and the other ministries. The stalling from the DUP must end if the disastrous Direct Rule Administration the north is to be replaced by locally elected and accountable politicians." ENDS

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