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North's political institutions face economic and political challenges - Gerry Adams TD

13 December, 2014 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has stated that the political institutions in the north face economic and political challenges following negotiations in Stormont this week.

He also made it very clear that Sinn Féin is committed to finding a resolution to these challenges.

Speaking ahead of a meeting of the Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle in Dublin today, Gerry Adams TD said;

“The political institutions in the north face both an economic and a political challenge. The economic challenge arises from the austerity policies from Westminster and the lack of fiscal powers. The political challenge arises from the failure of unionism to honour agreements, power-sharing and equality.

“Sinn Féin has worked tirelessly to meet the economic and political challenges. However, we will not accept policies that attack the vulnerable, fail the rights of citizens or undermine agreements.  No party in the Northern Executive has a mandate to do this.

“As co-equal guarantors of the agreements both governments should uphold the rights of citizens and honour the agreements.

“The intervention of both the British Government, and An Taoiseach, failed to meaningfully address the economic and political challenges that the institutions and the agreements face.

“Both governments must provide the Executive with a viable budget and the fiscal powers to deliver growth, jobs and public services.

“Both governments must make clear that the only way forward is through honouring the existing agreements, equality and power-sharing.

“The contribution of both An Taoiseach and the British Prime Minister, this week, failed to address  the inquiry into the killing of Pat Finucane, the establishment of an Irish language act, as well as other outstanding matters and failed to progress the talks.

“Sinn Féin is committed to the agreements that we have made. Sinn Féin is committed to finding a resolution to the economic and political challenges. Sinn Féin is committed to protecting the vulnerable, to promoting growth and to jobs and to building reconciliation and partnership.”

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