Adams criticises attacks on Sinn Féin by southern establishment parties
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams speaking last night in Omagh, at a celebration event for the former Vice President of Sinn Féin and former west Tyrone MP Pat Doherty, warned that the “irresponsible and party political attacks on Sinn Féin over the North by establishment parties in Dublin are giving succour to opponents of change in the northern talks.”
The Sinn Féin leader said:
“One of the great difficulties in the process of change in the North, and as we seek to achieve the implementation of outstanding elements of the Good Friday and subsequent agreements, is the manner in which establishment parties in the Dáil cynically use the situation here to attack Sinn Féin.
"While all parties have the right to criticise other parties it is obvious that the only motivation for the attacks on Sinn Féin by the southern establishment parties is their electoral fear of the growth of Sinn Féin.
"A mature and leaderly Taoiseach would make the process of change and the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement a bi-partisan one. In this way maximum political focus could be exerted on the British government and those opposed to change.
"Instead the party political attacks on Sinn Féin only serve to give succour to the opponents of change.
"Sinn Féin has continued to engage intensely with the DUP and while our will and intent is to see the political institutions restored, the responsibility of the Irish government, like that of Sinn Féin has to be to ensure that it happens on the basis of the Good Friday Agreement.”