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Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle Meeting Postponed

8 January, 2010 - by Pat Sheehan, Westminster

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams today announced that the Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle meeting which was due to take place in Dublin tomorrow to discuss the growing crisis in the political process has had to be temporarily postponed due to the deteriorating weather conditions.

Mr. Adams said:

“A critical meeting of the Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle was due to take place in Dublin tomorrow to discuss the growing crisis in the political process.

“Due to the deteriorating weather conditions it is not possible for all members of the  Ard Chomhairle to travel to Dublin tomorrow.  Therefore we are temporarily postponing the meeting.  Given the seriousness of what we have to discuss it is imperative that we have the fullest attendance.

“We are totally dissatisfied with the approach taken by the DUP and this has continued in recent days.  Their return to business as usual is just that.  They are still refusing to honour the commitment which they made in relation to the transfer of powers on policing and justice and indeed in relation to power sharing itself.

“It is three years ago, this month, since we held a special party Ard Fheis in relation to policing.  And for the last three years the DUP have done everything they can to prevent change from happening.  Enough is enough.

“These are not Sinn Féin issues. They are part of the St. Andrews Agreement. The DUP signed up for that Agreement. We have been in touch with both the Irish and British governments this morning and are seeking urgent meetings with them.  It is the governments who brought forward the St. Andrews Agreement and it is the governments who must now ensure that it is implemented. They are guarantors to this Agreement.”  ENDS

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