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Adams remarks after Obama inauguration

20 January, 2009 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP MLA this morning attended the inauguration ceremony for President Barack Obama. Speaking in Washington DC after the ceremony Mr. Adams said:

"I welcome President Barack Obama's very positive speech. He is clearly signalling his determination to tackle the many challenges facing the US people as well as a change in US Foreign policy and on the environment. It was a great honour to be present at the inauguration.

His words were obviously very uplifting to the American people assembled here. In fact my big memory of today will be about the cheerfulness, sense of purpose and positive attitude of everyone I met.

The huge crowd of people from very obvious different ethnic backgrounds had a clear sense of the history of this inauguration - 150 years after the inauguration of Abrham Lincoln and the day after Martin Luther King Day. I wish the new President well.

We are assured that President Obama will continue the US policy of encouraging and supporting the process of change in Ireland.

As we who live on the island continue to make progress people's minds will turn logically to the issue of unity and an end to division in our country. Sinn Fein will certainly be doing our best to achieve that. "

Mr Adams is returning to Ireland this evening to attend the First Dáil commemoration event in the Mansion House tomorrow night.

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