Adams calls for "new relationship between Ireland and Britain" as President prepares for state visit
Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams TD has said the state visit of President Higgins to Britain must be viewed against the backdrop of huge political changes in recent years and that an entirely new relationship between Ireland and Britain must rise above partitionism.
Mr Adams said: “The real significance and value of President Higgins's visit will only be realised if it is built upon by both Governments. Remarkable work has been done in the North and there is huge potential, notwithstanding current difficulties, to do more in a fraternal and positive way.
“That means implementing all outstanding elements of the Good Friday and other Agreements. What is needed is peace and harmony on our streets, particularly in the North, as well as in the palaces and the big houses.
“We must all rise above partitionism if we are to manage a process of replacing division by the unity of the people of this island whatever form they wish this to democratically take.
“This means defining an entirely new relationship between Britain and Ireland. It means reimagining a new dispensation.
“I am sure President Higgins and his wife Sabina will do us proud. The Government must do likewise by diplomatic, focused persistence that all Agreements made are honoured
“This is the way to chart a new, deeply ingrained, embedded, positive and harmonious relationship between Ireland – all of Ireland — and Britain based on equality and mutual respect for the first time in our troubled history.”