15 March 2006

Hain rules out barring SF from power-sharing


15 March 2006 13:53

The Northern Secretary, Peter Hain, has ruled out a DUP suggestion that Sinn Féin should be barred from a power-sharing government in Northern Ireland.

During Question Time in the House of Commons, Mr Hain told the DUP leader, Ian Paisley, that sooner rather than later his party needed to talk to Sinn Féin, the second largest party in Northern Ireland.

On the need to restore devolved government, Mr Hain said this year was decisive and that all the party leaders would be facing some hard choices.

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