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Gildernew - SF will bring equality into the heart of government, north and south

13 May, 2007

Sinn Féin MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew today spoke at the annual Sean MacDiarmada commemoration in Kiltyclogher County Leitrim before joining Sligo/North Leitrim candidate Sean MacManus on the General election campaign trail.

During the course of her address Michelle Gildernew said that Sinn Féin was ready for government North and South and ready to bring equality into the heart of politics on the island.

Ms Gildernew said:

"In recent days we have witnessed the establishment of a power sharing government in the north, of which I am happy to be part. This historic breakthrough came after years of tough negations and difficult decisions for all concerned.

"And just as we had a strategy to get political agreement, we have a strategy for the next phase - a strategy for Irish unity. We must continue to seize the opportunities created by our strategies. We must continue at all times to move forward.

"In just over a week's time the people of this state will go to the polls and you have the chance to shape history once again. Sinn Féin's job is to once gain secure the biggest vote possible and more importantly the biggest number of seats possible. Together we can transform the political landscape even further. Sean MacManus can win here in Sligo/ North Leitrim.
"I have travelled extensively around the island in recent weeks. People are crying out for change. Only Sinn Féin can deliver that. As the establishment parties squabble over anything except the real issues we have to be on the doorsteps convincing people to become part of the process of change.

"We want to be in government in both parts of Ireland because that is how we can bring about a truly national government. And we are ready for that challenge. We want to end the two tier health system, build social and affordable housing, reduce class sizes, and tackle the scandal of so many young people dying on our roads and through suicide. We will go into government to make a difference for the better, to end partition and unite the people of this island." ENDS

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