[Sinn Fein]

6th February 2003

Sinn Fein welcomes Unionist nominations to All Ireland Implementation Bodies

Sinn Fein has welcomed the appointment of all nominees to the All Ireland Implementation Bodies. Speaking after the announcement Sinn Fein Assembly Group Leader, Newry Armagh MLA Conor Murphy said:

"The All Ireland Implementation Bodies are a vital part of the Good Friday Agreement. They benefit people across Ireland and along with the areas of co-operation represent areas of work that need to consolidated and expanded. Sinn Fein want to see not just co-operation but meaningful work programmes developed across a range of important areas.

"Sinn Fein want to ensure that the work of the All Ireland Implementation Bodies and the sectoral areas covered by the work of the North South Ministerial Council are not frustrated by Unionist interference. In the areas of Health, Education and Special Needs Education in particular, the Economy, Agriculture, Animal Health and in transport it is vital that there is a progressive common sense approach pursued by both governments and all parties during suspension of the political institutions.

"I welcome the fact that the UUP have confirmed their nominations to the All Ireland Implementation Bodies.

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