27 May 2000
Ulster Unionist Party vote welcomed `Now give Oireachtas representation' - Sinn Fein TD
Sinn Fein TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin welcomed the vote by the Ulster Unionist Party to return to the Executive. The Cavan/Monaghan TD called on the Irish Government to build on this progress by moving on legislation to give citizens n the Six Counties representation in the Oireachtas and to ensure that the Policing Bill is radically amended and the Patten Report fully implemented. Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
``This is a welcome decision by the UUP. It allows us all to move forward to implement the Good Friday Agreement and to shape a peaceful and progressive future for all who share this island.
``I urge the Irish Government to now build on this progress by moving on legislation to give citizens in the Six Counties representation in the Oireachtas.
``I also urge them to bring forward the necessary legislation to allow those elected at parliamentary level in the Six Counties to take their place with speaking rights in the Dáil.
``It is essential that the Patten Report on Policing is implemented. The British Government's Policing Bill is fundamentally flawed and must be recast. I urge the Irish Government to ensure that this is done.''
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