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Adams wishes new President well

19 January, 2009 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP MLA arrived in Washington DC earlier today to attend tomorrow's inauguration of President elect, Barak Obama.

Speaking on his arrival in DC Mr. Adams said:

"I am very pleased to be invited as a guest at tomorrow's historic inauguration.

In the short time I have been here it is obvious that there is enormous excitement and expectation among ordinary US citizens about the potential for positive change, heralded by the incoming Obama administration.

Today is a national holiday in the USA - Martin Luther King Day - and coming as it does on the eve of the swearing in of America's first black president this year it has an added significance and poignancy.

Barak Obama campaigned on the basis of bringing in change. There are high hopes in the USA and around the world that he will achieve this."

Writing today in his blog on the Belfast Media Group's web site the Sinn Féin President wished President elect Obama well.

Mr. Adams said:

"I wish him well. I feel very privileged to be a guest at such a watershed moment in the history of the USA. The world needs change.

Republican Ireland will look to the new administration to help encourage movement towards unity and an end to the partition of our small island. Plenty of work for Irish America and our friends.

The rest of the world, including Ireland, will look also for peace in the Middle East and Iraq, for even-handedness everywhere and for progress on the big environmental issues. So tomorrow marks the beginning of all of that. We hope."

The Sinn Féin leader will leave Washington immediately after the inauguration in order to return to Dublin for Sinn Féin's commemoration, on Wednesday night, of the inaugural meeting of the First Dáil Éireann 90 years ago on January 21st 1919.

Speaking about that event and the Irish governments' commemoration in his blog Mr. Adams said:

"The Irish government has its Commemoration tomorrow. The focus on these commemorations and the Democratic Programme of the First Dáil should allow some discussion about what all this means for Ireland today. We need a national conversation on the core values that we want for our country and our communities.

I believe there is growing support for Irish unity and there is a growing awareness of the importance of the all-Ireland economy to our nation's future prosperity and growth.

The celebration of the First Dáil Éireann is one example of how we can begin to promote and explain the need for a fair, just and united Ireland.

See you in the Mansion House. I hope." CRÍOCH

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