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Adams welcomes progress made to protect the most vulnerable

28 December, 2014 - by Gerry Adams TD


Tomorrow the Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle will meet to discuss the outcome of the talks Stormont between the two governments and the main parties.

Speaking in advance of the meeting, Sinn Féin President, Gerry Adams TD said:

“Sinn Féin entered the talks to reach a comprehensive agreement on the political and financial challenges arising from Tory cuts and ongoing undermining of previous agreements.

“When others were saying that no more could be achieved, when others said it was a take it or leave offer from the two governments, Sinn Féin negotiators continued and have achieved an agreement that will be recommended to the Ard Chomhairle.

“Progress has been made with regard to protecting the most vulnerable and delivering additional investment. This demonstrates the value of having all of the parties working together in the face of Tory cuts.

“Progress has also been made towards resolving issues of the past, flags and parades.

“However, we did not achieve a comprehensive agreement as the British government refused to meet their obligations to hold an inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane or to legislate for an Acht na Gaeilge and other outstanding matters. The Irish government also failed to challenge the British government on these matters.

“We will recommend this agreement to the Ard Chomhairle as a further step forward. However, we are committed to holding the governments to account for failing in their role as co-equal guarantors of the agreements.”

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