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Adams welcomes confirmation of Ballymurphy Dáil motion

7 May, 2015 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has welcomed the Taoiseach’s confirmation in the Dáil today that the government has completed a text of a proposed all-party motion on the Ballymurphy Massacre and that he will circulate this with the other party leaders for agreement.

The Taoiseach unreservedly condemned the series of attacks on Sinn Féin representatives and also agreed to a request from Gerry Adams TD to hold a debate on the north following the Westminster election.

Gerry Adams said:

“Early last year the Taoiseach volunteered to bring forward an all-party Oireachtas motion in support of the Ballymurphy families. I welcomed this. Some months later I raised the matter again and on 1 July 2014 the Taoiseach indicated that the Government was working on a comprehensive motion which would be discussed with the opposition leaders. Nothing happened.

In February of this year the Taoiseach said that he would have the motion for March. Mr. Kenny visited the area that month and spoke to the families.

Yesterday I raised the issue of the Ballymurphy motion again and the Taoiseach confirmed that the government has now completed a text of a proposed all-party motion and that he will circulate this with the other party leaders for agreement.

This is an important development. I welcome too the Taoiseach’s unreserved condemnation of the recent series of sustained attacks on Sinn Féin representatives. Mr. Kenny has also committed to a debate on the north in light of recent events and following the Westminster election.”

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