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Adams congratulates Hillary Clinton on hall of fame induction

16 March, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD today attended the Irish America Hall of Fame event in the Essex Hotel in New York.

Among the four honourees being inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame was former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In her speech to the event on the Irish peace process Hillary Clinton spoke of her visits to Belfast and her work with Inez McCormack, Joyce McCartan and the Vital Voices group which was about empowering women.

She also spoke about the President’s decision to give Gerry Adams a visa in 1994.

“Absent that first step, that first risk, we might not have had the momentum to move forward and get to the Good Friday accords and all that has followed,” Clinton said.

The former Secretary of State said that it was important that ‘everyone needs to feel the benefits of peace.’ 

Speaking afterward Gerry Adams congratulated former Secretary Clinton on her award which he said was justly deserved.

 Mr. Adams said:

“George Mitchell famously said after the Good Friday Agreement that that was the easy bit and the hard bit would be to get it implemented. He was right. There are important aspects of the Good Friday and subsequent agreements which have not yet been implemented. Sinn Féin is committed to the full implementation of all the agreements reached, including the Stormont House Agreement.

"That is our focus in the current negotiations. Sinn Féin believes it is important that agreements which seek to protect the disadvantaged and the most vulnerable in society must be implemented.  

"Progress has been made in the negotiations and Sinn Féin is determined to stick at it until an agreement is achieved, which is acceptable, and can protect the disabled and most vulnerable."

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