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Date Posted: Sun, Apr 01 2007, 20:25:38 PDT
Author: iapl_newsroom32@hotmail.com
Subject: Marty & Anti-Gaelic language buddy Ian say "Hain Out!

iapl_newsroom32@hotmail.com Printed: Sunday, April 1, 2007 7:21 PM

2007-04-01 11:10:00.0 EST

The leader of the Democratic Unionist Party the Rev Ian
Paisley and Sinn Féin chief negotiator Martin McGuinness
have jointly called on Britain's Secretary of State for
Northern Ireland Peter Hain to resign his offices before the
return of devolution.

In a gesture marking unprecedented collaboration between
both parties, the two men, who will sit together at the head
of a new administration in Belfast after their historic
power-sharing deal, jointly drafted and signed a letter to
Mr Hain.

Mr Hain hailed the initiative as further proof of the will
among unionists and republicans to make their coalition work.

He stressed he would be delighted to leave to aid
preparations for the new administration.

He said: "I am pleased that the party leaderships are
getting down to the business of preparing for government and
to that end I have instructed my officials to make
themselves available to assist with advice on policy and
analysis so that the Executive is in the best position to
operate effectively from day one, May 8th."

"It is important that the transition from direct rule to
locally elected and accountable ministers is seamless."

"As part of this I, together with David Hanson and Paul
Goggins, are more than happy to vacate Stormont Castle and
relocate to Castle Buildings so that the First and Deputy
First Ministers can be in position to take power."

"The fact that they are keen to occupy the seat of
government at Stormont Castle as soon as possible is a very
positive signal of their serious intent."

Meanwhile, Mr Paisley has rejected any suggestion he has
undergone a late-life change of heart or been seduced by power.

"I am not on some selfish climb up the ladder of ambition,
as some have said. To suggest such a thing misrepresents
what motivates me," he told party supporters in Ballymena,
County Antrim.

"At nearly 81 years I do not need the spoils of office to
satisfy me."

The North Antrim MP claimed any attempts to introduce new
Irish language legislation would be vetoed.

"No Assembly the DUP leads will pass such an act," he said.

"We have made significant progress on the matter of a
default mechanism that has the support of the cabinet."

Even though he warned the struggle has not ended following
the deal with Sinn Fein, Mr Paisley claimed the Union was
now secure.

He added: "Those who attack my leadership and the
determination of this party and those who break rank in
weakness or cowardice ought to recognise that by breaking us
republicanism will win."

He also insisted Sinn Fein`s decision in January to support
the police marked an acceptance by republicans of the
legitimacy of a state they had once fought to destroy.

"They may not admit it, but it is a fact that today they
have had to bow the knee to the Northern Ireland that they
sought to destroy and accept that if they want a political
role in it they must also accept the parameters of Ulster`s
place in the Union."

"We must face up to the reality that many of the nationalist
and republican community, despite what the IRA has done to
the people of Northern Ireland, supported a party that was
part and parcel of the horrors of the past."

"We have brought them from a place where they would have the
ballot box in one hand and an armalite in the other to a
place where they can have a ballot box only."

"Yes, it is distasteful that such representatives are their
voice, but what are we to do - bury our heads in the sand
and hope they just go away?"

"Do we wait for another generation to emerge while our
country goes down the drain?"

London and Dublin's efforts to strike a peace deal in
Northern Ireland were confirmed amid unprecendented scenes
at Stormont last week.

Sitting beside Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, Mr Paisley
confirmed on Monday he was prepared to go into government
with republicans.

However, Mr McGuinness has claimed Mr Paisley wants the
power-sharing pact to work as much as he does, insisting he
was not going in to wreck the political institutions.


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