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Adams Urges Kenny to bring renewed focus to GFA process

16 April, 2011 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams TD has urged An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to use the opportunity of his first formal meeting with the British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday to “bring a renewed focus and energy and priority to the Good Friday Agreement process” and to “insist that the outstanding elements of that Agreement will be implemented”. 

The Sinn Féin leader has also called for the Taoiseach to raise with the British Prime Minister the issue of the Dublin Monaghan bombings and the refusal thus far by the British to hand over vital information about who was responsible.

 Mr. Adams said:

 “We need an Irish government that is prepared to stand up to the British government and play a full and equal part in the implementation of the Good Friday and other Agreements.

“The Irish government is a co-equal partner in the Agreement. It has a responsibility to assert this in its discussions with the British and in Monday’s discussions the Taoiseach must ensure that the implementation of those key elements of the Agreement not yet implemented are on the agenda.

“These should include the reintroduction of 50 50 recruitment to the PSNI; the creation of a North-South Parliamentary Forum; an Independent Consultative Forum; a Bill of Rights; and the introduction of an Irish Language Act, Acht na Gaeilge.

“There is also an imperative on the Taoiseach to raise the issue of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings the anniversary of which is next month.

“A Commission of Inquiry under Mr. Justice Henry Barron was established by the Irish Government in 2001. Four reports were published and a Sub-Committee of the cross-party Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women's Rights conducted an extensive examination of the reports.

“The Sub-Committee concluded “that given that we are dealing with acts of international terrorism that were colluded in by the British security forces, the British Government cannot legitimately refuse to co-operate with investigations and attempts to get to the truth.”

“The Irish government has a responsibility to demand all information currently held by the British on what was the worst attack of its kind in 30 years of conflict. The families have demanded the truth. The Taoiseach should defend and articulate their demand for truth.”

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