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Adams responds to Ian Paisley Junior resignation and calls for new standards in public life

26 February, 2008


Speaking in the Assembly this morning following confirmation from Ian Paisley Jr that he has resigned from his position as a Junior Minister, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP MLA has said that the party will be seeking to end the practice whereby members can use public monies to rent properties from family members.

Mr Adams said:

"I wish Ian Paisley Jnr well. He and his father played a key role in the work to restore these institutions and in bringing unionism into the process. Undoubtedly there would not be working political institutions at this time without the leadership of the Paisley family and you deserve credit for that.

"Of course there are questions to be answered about the issues which lead to this resignation. It also serves to highlight the unacceptable behaviour of some parties and members. Sinn Féin will be seeking to end the practice whereby members can use public monies to rent properties from family members and other practices like this which are not in the public interest. Issues of propriety and accountability in public life are very important.

"Public confidence is essential and the public is entitled to expect the highest standards from everyone in public life. The Assembly has a responsibility to ensure this is the case." ENDS

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