Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness have this evening met the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamonn Gilmore.
The focus of their meeting, which was held at Sinn Féin’s request, was to discuss current efforts to negotiate agreement on outstanding issues arising from the Good Friday and other Agreements, including the issues of flags, parades and the past.
Gerry Adams said:
“Some weeks ago the Executive parties in the Assembly agreed an intensive round of talks to resolve outstanding issues, including the difficult issues of flags, parades and the past.
“Today, at a party leaders meeting in Belfast, it was agreed that intensive discussions would begin next week.
“Despite the widespread and justifiable skepticism about these talks Sinn Féin will enter into them constructively as we always do.
“Key to making progress is a positive engagement by the Irish and British governments on issues which are their direct responsibility. The governments cannot with credibility deplore the lack of progress in the process unless they act to fulfil their obligations.
“Without that unionism will do as little as possible. The Irish government is a co-equal guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement. It should act accordingly. In the first instance it needs to hold the British government to account.
“Despite the obduracy of unionist leaders Sinn Féin believes there is an opportunity to resolve these matters and that it must be seized by the governments and all of the party leaders."