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Gerry Adams responds to comments made by Taoiseach regarding crisis in north

11 January, 2017 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, responding this evening to comments made by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny in relation to the crisis in the north, has said:

“Sinn Féin has made it very clear that we will not be re-nominating for the position of deputy First Minister before Monday.

“In the last few weeks, huge damage has been done to the integrity of the north’s political institutions by the behaviour and actions of the DUP.

“In our view, it is time for the people to have their say.

"Of course, Sinn Féin as a party is always open to discussions. We are the party of dialogue, and as I said earlier today in response to a question, we are prepared to talk to the DUP.

“However, following a series of meetings today with the Irish and British governments, we don't yet see any basis for credible negotiations this side of an election. 

"The issues at stake are clear - accountability in respect of the RHI scandal and allegations of corruption. There are also major issues, itemised by Martin McGuinness in his letter of resignation, surrounding the functioning of the institutions, parity of esteem, equality for citizens of all backgrounds and respect for the functioning of partnership government.

“As co-equal guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement, the Irish and British governments have a responsibility to defend and implement the Agreement.

“Under the terms of that Agreement, they both have responsibility for implementing equality within their respective jurisdictions. They have singularly failed to do that and they have also refused to implement measures already agreed.

“I told the British Secretary of State again this evening in a telephone conversation that his government has refused to fulfill its obligations under the Agreement.

“I also told the Taoiseach today that the British government’s approach has to be tackled and that won't happen unless the Irish government holds them to account."

ENDS

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