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Adams expresses sympathy on death of James Molyneaux

9 March, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has expressed sympathy to the family and friends of James Molyneaux, former leader of the Ulster Unionist Party who has died.

Mr Adams said:

"James Molyneaux's political career spanned more than three decades and he was one of the longest serving leaders of the Ulster Unionist Party.

"A conservative politician, he was a member of the right-wing Conservative Monday Club, and a leading member of the Royal Black Preceptory.

"He vigorously opposed a united Ireland, power sharing and was central to unionist mobilisation against the 1985 Hillsborough Agreement.

"Mr Molyneaux faced the same dilemma as all unionist political leaders - seeking to resist all political change and to maintain a status quo in the North of Ireland that was unsustainable.

"Famously, he described the 1994 IRA cessation as one of the most destabilising events for unionism and the Orange state since Partition, and he campaigned against the Good Friday Agreement.

"We had obvious and strong political differences, but this is a sad time for Mr Molyneaux's family and friends and I wish to extend on my own behalf and that of Sinn Féin our condolences and sympathy to them."

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