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Northern Ireland archbishop regrets suspension of coalition government

An Irish archbishop has expressed disappointment at the latest suspension of Northern Ireland's power-sharing government.

"I wish to express my disappointment that, once again, the power-sharing executive and the Northern Ireland Assembly are being suspended. I share the regret of many people in Northern Ireland at the loss of devolved government," said Archbishop Sean Brady of Armagh, Northern Ireland.

The archbishop said that although the suspension of the coalition government slowed the peace process considerable progress had been made, and he noted "that the Good Friday Agreement is still in place."

Archbishop Brady said, "I appeal to all parties concerned to use every available opportunity to rebuild the trust that is essential to working together in government."

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17 Oct 2002