[Sinn Fein]

27 August 1996

Sinn Fein committed to peace through dialogue

Sinn Fein Ard Comhairle member and Monaghan County and Urban Councillor Caoimhghin O Caoláin will be representing the party at the third Glencree Summer School tomorrow, Wednesday August 28th.

The theme of the Summer School, Forgiveness in Politics, will be discussed with representatives of nationalist and unionist political parties.

Councillor O'Caoláin said today:

"In our document Towards a Lasting Peace in Ireland, published in 1992, Sinn Fein identified national reconciliation as one of the necessary elements in a peace process. We have said consistently that dialogue is the key to resolving the conflict and securing a peace settlement. I welcome the opportunity, particularly at this time, for dialogue with other parties and with the participants at the Glencree Summer School. It is two years since the IRA announced a cessation of military actions. The window of opportunity this created generated hope throughout Ireland and beyond that peace could be achieved through dialogue and negotiations. It is a tragedy for us all that that hope and the peace process itself has been eroded. For our part, Sinn Fein are still committed to peace through dialogue. It is the only way forward."

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