Republican News · Thursday 24 February 2000

[An Phoblacht]

Legality of suspension raised in Dáil

The legality of the unilateral British suspension of the institutions under the Good Friday Agreement was raised in the Dáil on Tuesday when Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin questioned Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.

The Cavan/Monaghan TD pointed out that a week prior to the suspension, the British government had published enabling legislation. He asked the Taoiseach if the Dublin government had protested to the British government and informed it of the constitutional and legal difficulties a suspension would cause. Bertie Ahern replied that these problems were made known to the British. However, he did not say at what stage this was done. He confirmed that legislation would have to be revisited if the suspension continued.

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