[Sinn Fein]

8th October 2002

`Anti-Agreement wreckers must not succeed'

Ó Caoláin Sinn Fein tables Dáil motion on crisis in peace process

Sinn Fein TDs have tabled a Dáil motion on the current crisis in the peace process. They are seeking a special debate this week as the political institutions established under the Agreement face collapse. The party's Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said:

``The events of the past few days are the working out of the Wreckers' Charter adopted by the Ulster Unionist Council on 21 September. Anti-Agreement unionists are now clearly in the ascendant and the raid on the office of our party colleagues in Stormont was part of the effort to blame Sinn Fein for the collapse of the political institutions.

``The real agenda is not in the spins coming from the RUC/PSNI and widely carried in the media. The real agenda is set out in the UUC motion of 21 September which focuses on rolling back the political changes since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. The UUC are opposed to Sinn Fein in government - so are the securocrats in the RUC/PSNI. The UUC are opposed to the establishment of a real policing service - so are the securocrats.

``We are calling for a special Dáil debate and have put down a motion opposing the suspension of the political institutions. I have written to the Taoiseach directly seeking such a debate.''

That the Dáil:

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Seán Crowe, Martin Ferris, Arthur Morgan.

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