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Kenny/Cameron meeting a missed opportunity — Adams

12 March, 2012 - by Gerry Adams

Commenting on today’s meeting in Downing Street between the Taoiseach and the British Prime Minister, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said it was a ‘missed opportunity to rebalance Irish-British relations’.

Gerry Adams said:

“For too long successive Irish governments have allowed the British government to dictate the pace on relations between the two countries. They have acquiesced to the British approach on a whole range of important issues. This approach needs to change.

“It is the job of the Irish Government to assert Irish national and democratic rights and to put the case for a united Ireland as strongly as the British Government promotes the maintenance of the Union.

“Today’s meeting in Downing Street was a missed opportunity to rebalance Irish-British relations.

“It is a contradiction to commit to implement outstanding aspects of the Peace Process and in the same breath ignore the Weston Park commitment to the Finucane family or to do as the British have done and refuse to assist in the Inquiry into the Dublin/Monaghan bombings.

“Instead of coming away with firm commitments from Downing Street on important outstanding issues Enda Kenny has been given little more than platitudes by David Cameron.”

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