McGuinness to raise Price and Corey with new secretary of state: Adams
Speaking after his party’s ard comhairle meeting in Dublin today, Sinn Féin leader, Gerry Adams TD, commented on the appointment of a new British Secretary of State for the North: Theresa Villiers MP.
Deputy Adams said:
“I hope that Theresa Villiers will bring a new and more progressive focus to the issues which need attention now. They were not dealt with properly by her predecessor, Owen Paterson.
“There are outstanding matters from the Good Friday and Hillsborough Agreements, such as a bill of rights for the North, corporation tax and cross-border development, which the British government needs to deliver on.
The Sinn Féin leader also highlighted the continued imprisonment of Marian Price and Martin Corey, saying: “These citizens are entitled to due process, which they have been denied. They should be released and Sinn Féin will be raising their case with the new secretary of state. The Irish government also needs to seek their release.”
The Sinn Féin president also confirmed the party’s nominees to the Constitutional Convention: Martin McGuinness, deputy first minister of the North and deputy party leader, Mary Lou McDonald TD along with Deputy Adams.
“Sinn Féin has nominated its party’s leaders because of the seriousness with which it takes the process and will participate fully in the convention.
“This is an opportunity for the government to begin to form a truly national consensus for fundamental change and to transform the constitution taking account of the peace process and the Good Friday Agreement.
“It is an opportunity to reimagine Ireland in the 21st century. It is a chance to put in place a constitution that has all the citizens of this nation, of this island, at its heart, to deliver on the promise of the 1916 Proclamation.”