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Adams calls on Kenny to hold British Government to account

1 October, 2014 - by Gerry Adams

 Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has raised with Taoiseach Enda Kenny, the issue of planned all-party talks in the North and the British Government’s failure to implement key aspects of the Good Friday Agreement.

Speaking in the Dáil today Mr Adams called on the Taoiseach to ensure the Irish Government holds the British Government to account on the issue.

Gerry Adams said:

“Can the Taoiseach confirm that the Irish Government will raise the failure of the British Government and others to implement key aspects of the Good FridayAgreement?

“The Government is a co-equal guarantor to the Agreement. Issues such as Acht na Gaeilge, the lack of a Bill of Rights, the lack of an inquiry into the killing of Pat Finucane, the lack of a North-South Consultative Forum and numerous others remain.

“The Taoiseach will also be aware that there is an anti-Agreement axis which is trying to hollow out the provisions of the agreement and undermine the institutions.

“Will the Taoiseach make it clear that the planned talks must take place free from threat and without precondition, and that they should be time-bound and commence as quickly as possible?

 “Will the Government act as defender, guarantor and champion of progress in the North and hold the British Government to account for its failure to implement key aspects of the agreement?”

In the course of his reply Enda Kenny said he was happy that the Irish and British Governments, as co-guarantors of the agreement would now involve themselves in a process that could hopefully bring matters to a conclusion.

 “We can discuss Acht na Gaeilge, the Bill of Rights and other matters such the murder of Pat Finucane.  We need a serious analysis of the situation. We need to find a mechanism to deal with the sensitive issues of the past because, if they are transferred into the new system, the same problems will be recreated in a different way.”

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