Leadership required to achieve resolution – Adams
Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD said today that leadership is required from all parties and the two governments to achieve a resolution to the current political crisis.
Gerry Adams said:
“Sinn Féin will enter these talks to achieve a deal which is good for all our people, which enables us to grow the economy and defend frontline public services and welfare protections.
“We are seeking the full implementation of previous agreements and to address the legacy of the past and secure a workable budget for the north.
“Other parties have cynically used the tragic and criminal killings in Belfast as a pretext to create a political crisis for electoral reasons.
“They have sought to use these killings to exclude Sinn Féin, to renegotiate previous agreements and impose welfare and public services cuts on our people.
“This is wrong and unacceptable.
“Sinn Féin voters have to be treated with the same respect as voters to every other party. They and we are not responsible for the actions of criminals.
“Sinn Féin stands on our mandate and we, and the people we represent, will not be excluded from the institutions that we have worked hard to sustain over the past decade.
“Nor will we accept any move by the Tory Government, to undermine the Assembly, the Executive and devolution by imposing welfare cuts on the most vulnerable.
“The success of these talks and the sustainability of the institutions will rest on the ability of all the parties to demonstrate leadership, set aside selfish electoral concerns and put the needs of the people first.
“This includes the two governments who must set aside their party political and partisan approach and return to the agreements that have been the basis of political progress.”