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Irish government obliged to intervene on outstanding GFA issues - Adams

20 May, 2013 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President, Gerry Adams TD has called for the Irish government to intervene and focus the British government on the outstanding issues of the Good Friday Agreement.

Speaking today in Belfast, Gerry Adams TD said:

“Sinn Féin recently tabled a private members motion in the Dáil to mark the 15th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement 1998.

“All parties in the Dáil have welcomed the transformation which the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent agreements have brought and the enormous progress which has been made.

“Importantly all parties including the Government parties also have significant concerns that the current British government are in default on some of their commitments with respect to past agreements. 

“The critical test of the political institutions in the north is whether or not they can deliver meaningful change to peoples lives. 

“British government policies are undermining the ability of the Executive to do this. They have presided over cuts in the block grant, a shortfall in the promised peace dividend, and now they are seeking to impose a welfare cuts agenda in a way that will bring hardship to already disadvantaged and vulnerable citizens.

“This is unacceptable and must be challenged.

“The Irish government, as a coequal guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement is obliged to intervene and to also challenge the approach of the British government.

“I am calling on them now to bring forward a strategy to ensure the British government deliver on the commitments and support the work of the Executive.”

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