08 April 2006

Sinn Féin to attend reconvened Assembly on May 15th - The focus - a power-sharing government

Sinn Féin

Published: 8 April, 2006

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP speaking during a meeting of the party’s Ard Chomhairle said “Today the Sinn Fein Ard Chomhairle met, following detailed consultation with our Assembly team, and after careful consideration, we have decided to attend the reconvened Assembly on May 15th. Our focus in doing so will be the formation of a power sharing government on the basis set out in the Good Friday Agreement. “

Mr. Adams said:

“On Thursday, in response to the joint statement from the two governments, I said that Sinn Fein would judge their proposals against the benchmark of the Good Friday Agreement, and whether they would secure the restoration of the political institutions. I also welcomed the convening of the Assembly and the clear statement that its primary role is to elect a power sharing government.

“Today the Sinn Fein Ard Chomhairle met, following detailed consultation with our Assembly team, and after careful consideration, we have decided to attend the reconvened Assembly on May 15th. Our focus in doing so will be the formation of a power sharing government on the basis set out in the Good Friday Agreement. This also has to be the focus of the Irish and British governments.

“The DUP have to decide if they are prepared to join the rest of us in a power sharing government. That is the inescapable question which they must face. If they refuse to do so the two governments must deliver on their commitment to jointly implement all other elements of the Good Friday Agreement. In the coming days Sinn Fein will seek clarity and detail on the accelerated all-Ireland co-operation and action that will replace the Assembly if the DUP is not prepared to share power.”ENDS

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