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Time to stand up and be counted in effort to stop anti-Peace Process factions – Adams

11 April, 2011 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said today that in the wake of the murder of PSNI constable Ronan Kerr and other violent incidents, it was time for everyone to stand up and be counted in an effort to stop the tiny, unrepresentative factions who continue to engage in armed actions.

Gerry Adams said:

“I want to address myself to three categories of people. Firstly there are these tiny and unrepresentative anti-Peace Process factions carrying out violent actions such as the murder of Ronan Kerr.

“I and others in the Sinn Féin leadership have offered to meet with you to point out the futility of armed actions in the Ireland of 2011 and to discuss the political space that is open for you to move into. I make that offer again today.

“Secondly there may be a small number of people who tolerate the existence of anti-Peace Process groups or their violent actions or who provide shelter, resources or facilities to them. They also need to reflect on their position.

“These groups are not the IRA and nobody should be under any illusion about that.

“And thirdly there has been no attempt to defend or explain the rationale behind their actions.

“There are political groupings which present themselves as republican. These include Republican Sinn Féin, the 32 County Sovereignty Movement, the Republican Network for Unity and Éirigí.

“Others present themselves as Independent Republicans or as localised historical groups.

“These are all entirely legitimate political groupings. They are fully entitled to disagree with Sinn Féin and to criticise us and our strategy.

“But since the murder of Ronan Kerr they have all put their heads down.

“I am appealing to them all to call for an end to these armed actions.

“They need to make it clear that these actions have to stop.” ENDS

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