For almost a decade, Sinn Féin, with others, set about the task of
putting a peace process in place. The embryonic peace process emerged
publicly in 1993 in the first joint statement by Sinn Féin President
Gerry Adams MP and SDLP leader John Hume.
Joint statement issued by An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, Sinn Féin President Mr Gerry Adams MP and the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) leader Mr John Hume MP, 25 July 1997 following a meeting in Dublin.
Following the IRA's historic announcement of August 31, the Dublin government under Albert Reynolds moved quickly to consolidate this opportunity for peace and invited Gerry Adams and John Hume to government buildings on September 6, 1994 to discuss ways of advancing the peace process.
On November 20, 1993, in the last of their joint statements before the Dublin and London governments issued the Downing Street Declaration, Gerry Adams and John Hume announced that they made proposals to the governments on how the conflict could be resolved.
On April 23, 1993, Gerry Adams and John Hume, the leaders of nationalist opinion in the north of Ireland, issued a statement announcing that they had met to discuss ways of achieving the basis for a just and lasting settlement to the conflict in Ireland.