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McGuinness to give main speech at Sean South commemoration

Published 07/01/2007

Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness will give the main address to the Sean South commemoration in Limerick later today, as the North's political crisis over policing deepens.

Sinn Fein's Ard Chomhairle has called a special Ard Fheis to discuss support for the police, but this is now in doubt after mixed messages from Ian Paisley's DUP.

Although the Brookborough border raid fifty years ago is the cause of today's gathering of republicans, the big question on everyone's minds will be policing in the North.

Sinn Fein's ard chomlairle voted for a special ard fheis to discuss supporting the police,

but this depended on a positive response from the DUP.

Although Ian Paisley's response was, at best, luke warm, senior DUP figures have hurled

a sustained and hostile barrage of criticism at republicans.

Martin McGuinness's statement has put not only the ard fheis in doubt but also the timetable

leading to the restoration of devolution.

Will there now be an ard fheis at all is the question which will be on everyone's lips in Limerick and elsewhere today.

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