[Sinn Fein]

8th May 2003

Will Ahern call for June election

Speaking today in response to comments made by An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in the Dáil regarding the IRA statement, Sinn Fein MP for Mid Ulster Martin McGuinness said:

``The IRA statement on Tuesday made it clear that Gerry Adams answers to Tony Blair's questions accurately reflected their position.

``The implication of the Taoiseach's remarks in the Dáil yesterday, is that if Tuesday's IRA statement had come earlier it would have ended the current impasse.

``The two governments now have the IRA position and if it was the basis for forward movement last week, it logically, is the basis for forward movement this week. The question for the Taoiseach is whether he is now going to push the British government to reschedule the elections for June.

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