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Seamus Close, deputy leader of the Alliance Party has slammed Ian Paisley for his comments that he would bring down the talks process.

“Dr Paisley should get real and stop his bluster. Years ago this gentleman told us all he would smash Sinn Fein, destroy the Anglo-Irish agreement etc. Now he claims he is going to destroy the present talks process. I have no doubt that he’ll be as successful with the latter as he was with the former.

“Does Dr Paisley not have one constructive thought in his head? Is it all destructive and negative?”

Seamus Close, Deputy Leader of the Alliance Party has welcomed the Unionist decision to re-enter Castle Buildings.

“The arrival of the Ulster Unionist Party at Castle Buildings is an encouraging step which demonstrates progress. This opens the real possibility of us all getting down to substantive talks which is the desire of the vast majority of the people of Northern Ireland.”

Alliance Party Chief Whip, Alderman Sean Neeson, has condemned today’s bomb attack at Markethill as a blatant attempt by terrorists to destroy the talks on Northern Ireland’s future at Castle Buildings.

Ald Neeson says, “This outrageous attack should strengthen the resolve of Talks participants to move the process forward, and in particular I would urge the Ulster Unionist Party to stop the play acting and participate seriously in the talks at Castle Buildings.”

Seamus Close, deputy leader of the Alliance Party has refuted the Secretary of State, Mo Mowlam’s comments that all parties were largely satisfied with responses to questions put to Sinn Fein last night.

“While the Secretary of State, and the Irish Foreign Minister, Mr Ray Burke may claim to be satisfied with Sinn Fein’s responses to questions posed at the plenary session of talks last night, I as Deputy Leader of the Alliance Party would like to make it clear beyond any doubt that neither I nor my party are satisfied with Sinn Fein’s replies on the issue.

“Gerry Adams studiously avoided answering any questions which we repeatedly posed and dodged and weaved like an accomplished ballerina

“For the Secretary of State to allege that his responses were ‘full and comprehensive’ displays a flawed understanding of the meaning of those words and an interpretation with which I would not agree.”