Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, speaking today in the Dáil during Taoiseach’s Questions, called for a regular structured debate in the Dáil on the north.
While he welcomed the fact that there will be a debate on the north in the Dáil next week the Sinn Féin leader urged the Taoiseach to “look at the way we order our business in the Dáil.”
“We deal with the north in an ad hoc way, usually as a result of some crisis, or of some other difficulty in the political or peace process, and that’s not the best way to proceed.
“Citizens in this state expect a consistent involvement of the government in the matters that affect them. Citizens in the north expect the Dáil to do the same.
“I want to see issues of the past dealt with in a rational, reasoned, considered and informed manner but I also want to see the future discussed. I want to see us breaking out of what I can only characterise as Free Stateism, of partitionism.
“The Good Friday Agreement is an all-Ireland international agreement so we need to look at how we can get not just greater co-operation but also how we build future relationships based on equality with everyone who lives on the island. And how we get the British government to face up to its responsibilities and implement those aspects of the agreement that it has failed to implement.
“What we need to see is dedicated time on a regular basis set aside for discussion on matters relating to the north.”
The Taoiseach indicated his willingness to look at doing this.