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DUP need to engage in face to face discussions with Sinn Féin

28 September, 2004

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP speaking from the National Ploughing Championships in Carlow welcomed the decision of DUP leader Ian Paisley to meet the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in Dublin on Thursday. He called on the DUP to face up to the challenge of entering face-to-face discussions with Sinn Féin.

Mr. Adams said:

"The meeting in Dublin is symbolically important. It is also an opportunity for the Taoiseach to point out to the DUP leadership that the process requires them to acknowledge the rights of others. In particularly the DUP leadership has to face up to the challenge of entering face to face discussions with Sinn Féin and coming to terms with the centrality of power sharing, equality and stable political institutions to any process."

The Sinn Féin President along with Martin Ferris TD, Michelle Gildernew MP and Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald today attended the National Ploughing Championships in Carlow. Speaking from the event Mr. Adams said:

"In Carlow this morning I met with a host of groups, including the ICSA and with farmers from across Ireland and listened to their concerns about falling farm incomes and the removal of essential services from rural Ireland.

"I stressed to all those that we met that Sinn Féin is committed to revitalising Irish agriculture and rural communities on an all-island basis. We see a future built on the basis of high quality food production and an expanded domestic processing sector, with a return to genuine producer co-operatives playing an enhanced role. We are also believe that to preserve the reputation of Irish food, the entire island must remain free from Genetically Modified (GM) crops.

"We have to secure a future for Irish farming. This will entail vigorous measures at a national and EU level embracing all aspects from animal health and the marketing of food." ENDS

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