Sinn Féin Leaders meet Cowen
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness met the new Fianna Fáil leader and incoming Taoiseach Brian Cowen earlier today.
The meeting discussed a range of issues, including the Transfer of Powers on Policing and Justice, the Irish language Act, the all-Ireland structures and the potential offered by the financial services initiative announced today.
Speaking afterward Mr. Adams said:
"We had a useful, positive meeting. Martin McGuinness and I took the opportunity to brief Mr. Cowan on the difficult situation arising from the DUP's negative approach to the key issues of transfer of powers on policing and justice and the Irish Language Act.
We put to Mr. Cowen our view that the Irish government needs to press the British government on keeping to its commitment to implement the St. Andrews timeframe on the transfer of policing and justice."
The Sinn Féin delegation also extended condolences to the Fianna Fáil Minister on the death of former President Paddy Hillery.