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Irish Government approach on North inadequate - Adams

9 December, 2014 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has said the Irish Government’s approach to the North and the Peace Process has been inadequate.

He also called on the Irish Government to ensure that national security and other provisos and measures would not hinder victims and survivors accessing information about conflict-related deaths. 

Mr Adams was speaking during a Dáil debate on a Government motion of confidence in itself.

The motion was tabled in reaction to a Sinn Féin motion of no confidence in Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Gerry Adams said:

“The Government sees Sinn Féin only in terms of electoral competitors and not as partners in peace. This is a profound mistake.

“It has failed to stand up to the British Government as equals when it comes to this issue and to the implementation of the Good Friday and subsequent Agreements of which it is co-guarantor.

“For many Irish citizens, the success of the current discussions will be judged by their ability to deliver truth and justice to the many families injured and bereaved during the conflict.

“But the British Government has hidden behind national security and other provisos and measures to block victims and survivors accessing information and to keep the truth hidden.

“The Irish Government must seek to ensure the removal of all obstacles which prevent the families of victims from accessing the truth. The families of Dublin/Monaghan, of Pat Finucane, Ballymurphy and others expect nothing less.”

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