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Pearse Doherty to lead Sinn Féin negotiations team

DONEGAL TD Pearse Doherty has been appointed head of Sinn Féin’s negotiations team as they begin to hold talks with other parties about the formation of a government.

The decision was taken after a meeting of the Ard Chomhairle on Tuesday. The team will now seek meetings with all parties beginning tomorrow with those parties who received a mandate for change.

In a statement this afternoon, Party Leader, Mary Lou McDonald said: “The people voted for change and Sinn Féin will do everything that we can to deliver a government for change. Following our meeting of the Ard Chomhairle, this morning I appointed our negotiations team which will be led by Pearse Doherty and in the coming week will seek to meet with all parties.

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From tomorrow we will meet with those who received a mandate for change. We will look at how to deliver the change which people voted for – that means delivering solutions on housing, health, climate change, pensions, giving workers and families a break and advancing Irish unity.

I also welcome the fact that Fianna Fail have shifted their position about talking to Sinn Fein and understand that this election has changed everything.

There should be no delay in government formation. We have serious work to do and it needs to begin quickly.”

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