30/09/2005

Irish Minister calls on DUP to share power

Further pressure was put on the DUP today to share government with republicans following this week's final decommissioning act by the IRA.

Irish Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern said people in Northern Ireland were "sick" of conflict and scenes of sectarianism and called on the DUP to follow through it's previous comments that it was prepared to share power with nationalists, by doing so now.

"The DUP have said time and time again... they were prepared to share power in partnership with nationalists," Mr Ahern said.

"Now we are looking for the DUP to put those words into action."

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams, meanwhile, has called on the British and Irish governments to move quickly towards re-establishing devolution in Northern Ireland.

Speaking on Friday, Mr Adams said it was time for unionists to absorb the "completeness" of the IRA's decommissioning.

"The two governments need to move speedily to fulfilling their commitments and injecting momentum into the political process," the West Belfast MP said.

The DUP is expected to fend off pressure for a return to power-sharing until the next Independent Monitoring Commission report on paramilitary and criminal activity, which will be released in October and January.

(MB/SP)

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