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A PLACE IN PARLIAMENT FOR SINN FEIN?

The British government is considering the idea of finding office space in Parliament for leading politicians of Sinn Fein, political wing of the IRA, Prime Minister Tony Blair's spokesman said Monday.

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams and senior politician Martin McGuinness, newly appointed as a minister in Northern Ireland's devolved executive, are both elected members of Parliament but have never taken their seats because they refuse to swear allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II.

Sinn Fein Chairman Mitchel McLaughlin said that the party should have the right to use Westminster offices but that it had not been told of any changes to current arrangements.

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