Adams raises issue of DUP reneging on Stormont House Agreement with Enda Kenny
in the Dáil this afternoon Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams raised
with Taoiseach Enda Kenny the issue of difficulties in the political
process in the North caused by the DUP reneging
on commitments in the Stormont House Agreement.
Deputy Adams said the resolution to the present difficulties will only be found by everyone adhering fully to the terms of the Stormont House Agreement.
“Sinn Féin discovered that it was the intention of the DUP to provide only partial protection to current recipients of benefit and no protection whatsoever for future claimants, contrary to the Stormont House Agreement.
“In our view they intended concealing this until after the legislation on the Welfare Reform Bill was passed.
“Taoiseach, the current difficulties are a result of the actions of the Democratic Unionist Party.
“When deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness learned of the DUP’s intention to resile from the welfare benefit section of the Stormont House Agreement, he spent several days seeking to meet with that party.
“The DUP refused to engage but they were fully informed of our concerns.
“The issues involved here are clear, red line issues for Sinn Féin and always have been.
“Taoiseach, do you agree with me that a resolution to the present difficulties will only be found by everyone adhering fully to the terms of the Stormont House Agreement?”