Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD, speaking this morning as he departed for the United States to brief senior politicians and the Obama administration in Washington DC said:
"Notwithstanding challenges facing the Government, the Taoiseach must ensure that the British Government faces up to its responsibilities as co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement.
"Outstanding elements like a Bill Of Rights, Acht na Gaeilge and other issues such as dealing with the past, parades and flags, must be delivered upon.
"The Haass/O'Sullivan proposals offer a way forward. The British Government has not signed up for these.
"The Obama administration and Irish America have a role in encouraging meaningful processes to implement these necessary and long overdue rights for citizens in North.
"Martin McGuinness will meet with all political leaders in the North to seek to avail of the small window of opportunity that exists for progress between now and the Orange marching season. Further delay on these issues would inexcusable."