[Sinn Fein]

25 January 2000

Six-County access to Dáil should follow Westminster move

Sinn Fein TD Caoimhghín O Caoláin has welcomed tonight's decision in the House of Commons and has urged the Irish Government to now clear the way to allow citizens in the Six Counties to be directly represented in the Dáil.

Deputy O Caoláin said:

``The issue of representation is one that Sinn Fein has been pursuing for some time now and we welcome tonight decision in the House of Commons. This development should spur the Irish Government to open the Dáil to representatives of citizens in the Six Counties.

``In Sinn Fein's submission to the All-Party Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution, we urged that Northern political representatives elected in the Six Counties should be allowed to participate in Dáil proceedings.

``We await a swift and positive response from the Irish Government on this crucial democratic issue.'' ENDS

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