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Opportunity to make progress in new talks must be seized

9 June, 2014

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD said today that the opportunity to deal with the issues of flags, parades and the past must be seized by party leaders in the North.

Gerry Adams was speaking after he and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness met with An Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

Gerry Adams said:

“We had a useful engagement with An Tánaiste Eamonn Gilmore.

“It was a working meeting and focused on the enormous challenges and difficulties facing the political process at this time. No one should underestimate these challenges.

“Sinn Féin believes there is now an opportunity to resolve these matters and that it must be seized by the party leaders.

“We have agreed to meet separately with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the British Prime Minister David Cameron as soon as that can be arranged.

“The party leaders in the Executive have agreed an intensive round of talks and Sinn Féin will enter into those talks positively and in the same spirit that we did the Haass talks. We are totally committed to finding a way forward.

“It’s vital the Irish and British governments are more engaged in the political process and that all the political parties put their shoulder to the wheel to make progress.”