Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD commenting on the British Prime Minister’s decision to move Owen Paterson and appoint a new Secretary of State said:
“I wish Owen Paterson well in his new job. However, I hope that his successor Theresa Villiers, will bring a new and more progressive focus to the many issues which need to be dealt with at this time.
"There are a range of outstanding issues arising from the Good Friday, St. Andrews and Hillsborough Agreements which need to be progressed, including a Bill of Rights for the north, as well as other important matters like Corporation Tax and cross border economic development.
"In addition the wrongful imprisonment of Marian Price and Martin Corey continue to cause serious concern.
"Both of these citizens are entitled to due process which they have been denied. They should be released and Sinn Féin will be raising both cases with the new British Secretary of State.
"Sinn Féin in government will continue to oppose Tory government austerity policies as they adversely impact on the north."