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Taoiseach support for adjournment a mistake - Adams

10 September, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD commenting this morning said:

“Yesterday at a meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan he sought to persuade myself and Mary Lou McDonald that Sinn Féin should agree to adjourn the Assembly or to abstain from a vote on that issue.

We told him that it was Sinn Féin’s firm view that there should be no adjournment. The current contrived crisis is a result of inter unionist rivalry and the cynical exploitation of the murder of Kevin McGuigan.

An adjournment will reward bad behaviour and further undermine confidence in the political process. It will play into the hands of those who murdered Mr. McGuigan and others who want the political institutions to fail.

Given the position of the Minister for Foreign Affairs yesterday it is obvious that the Taoiseach will seek to persuade the SDLP that it should support or abstain on the adjournment issue.

This is a mistake. The Taoiseach is obliged to uphold the Good Friday Agreement and other agreements, and to defend the political institutions. This is what he should do.”

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