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Bill of Rights meeting - Welcome first step

18 December, 2006

A Sinn Féin delegation including Caitriona Ruane, Mitchel McLaughlin and Michelle Gildernew this morning attended the first session of the roundtable meeting to formulate a Bill of Rights for the north.

Speaking after the meeting Ms Ruane said:

"Today's meeting is very much the first step along the road of the British government delivering on the Good Friday Agreement commitment to ensure a Bill of Rights is out in place.

"During the recent talks at St. Andrews Sinn Féin made this issue a priority. It is now vital that the next steps are put in place. That means an independent chairperson being appointed to oversee this work and a funded secretariat put in place.

"Sinn Féin will actively participate in this process and we look forward to the other parties doing likewise. A proper rights based society threatens nobody and is a key demand of the Good Friday Agreement which must be delivered." ENDS

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