Grave concern at threats by the DUP to collapse the institutions – Adams
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD speaking today in Dublin expressed his “grave concern at developments in the political process including todays threats by the DUP to resign and collapse the institutions if their demand to suspend the institutions is not met.”
Gerry Adams said:
“Yesterday, I pointed out that the success of the current talks and the working of the institutions depended upon positive leadership. We are disappointed that that leadership is missing at this time. The suspension of the institutions will not serve the people who elected us or anyone else. All of this makes the talks process all the more challenging and urgent.
“What we need are working institutions, a real process of talks, and not a sham fight between unionists, if we are to resolve all of the outstanding issues and deliver for all in the community.”
The Sinn Féin leader said:
“I have grave concerns about how this crisis has developed and been exploited since the brutal killings of Gerard Davison and Kevin McGuigan. The remarks of the PSNI have been seized upon as part of an internal unionist rivalry between the DUP and UUP. These developments are serious, unnecessary and part of the electoral competition between the two unionist parties. This contrived crisis is wrong and reprehensible and is politics of the lowest kind.”
Commenting on the arrest off Bobby Storey, Gerry Adams said;
“Bobby Storey is a valued member of our national leadership and a person of great integrity who has worked for both the party and the people of Ireland over a very long time. I would be shocked if Bobby is not released shortly.
“The PSNI have to be allowed to carry out their investigation. Let me be very clear whoever was involved in these killings must face due process; anybody who has any information about that needs to give it to the PSNI.
“Sinn Féin supports the PSNI in bringing these murderers to justice. We repudiate anybody using the name of republicans to cover an act of grave criminality. We have repudiated it, we have condemned it, and we have made it clear that this was not done in our name.”
Commenting on claims about the existence of the IRA, Gerry Adams said:
“There is only one republican organisation and that is Sinn Féin. There is only one republican leadership – that is the Ard Chomhairle of Sinn Féin. The IRA is gone and neither Sinn Féin nor the IRA killed Jock Davison and Kevin McGuigan and Sinn Féin is not accountable for the actions of criminals.”
Gerry Adams added: “For all the challenges of operating, the Good Friday Agreement has worked. It is where the arguments and tensions that used to be played out on the streets take place and that is a good thing. The absence of the institutions would be a very serious development.
“Sinn Féin rejects any attempt by the Unionist parties or anyone else to disenfranchise our electorate. The democratic rights of those who vote Sinn Féin, in whatever part of the island of Ireland, must be protected.”